Spanish-made high-speed train Talgo Tuesday completed its third and final phase of trials from New Delhi to Mumbai, but arrived at its destination over three hours behind schedule. The train had commenced its final phase trial run from Delhi yesterday at 7:55 PM and arrived in Mumbai today at 11.40 AM, over three hours behind schedule, a Western railway official said, adding that heavy rains enroute caused the delay.
The semi-high-speed train was expected to complete the journey of 1,384 km in 12 hours and 35 minutes, and was scheduled to reach the metropolis at 8.31 AM. However, the train attained its maximum speed and the trial run at 130 km/hr was successful, he said.
The Talgo train runs at an average speed of around 90-100 km/hr and can attain a maximum speed of 130-150 km/hr. The light-weight train aims to cut short the time between the two destinations by almost four hours. Presently, super-fast trains such as Rajdhani Express take around 16 hours to traverse the route.
The train consists of nine coaches, two executive class, four chair cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach for staff and equipment.
Meanwhile, the Railways blamed waterlogging on the tracks for the delay in the trial run. There was waterlogging beyond Surat on Udvada–Vapi–Bhilad section, which considerably delayed the movement of trains as the speed restrictions had to be imposed for safety reasons, said a senior Railway Ministry official in New Delhi.
Accordingly beyond Surat, the high-speed train could not achieve its trial schedule because of the reason beyond control.
Talgo travelled through the same route which is followed by the New Delhi–Mumbai Rajdhani Express also observed the same permanent and temporary speed restrictions as well as the sectional speeds. However, the official said on the Delhi–Surat section, Talgo train took around 2 hours less in comparison to Rajdhani Express.
The train maintained an average speed of 106.52 kmph between Delhi-Surat as against Raidhani’s 89.76 kmph. The next Talgo trial is slated to be on August 5 from New Delhi to Mumbai.
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