Indian Railways test Spanish High Speed Talgo Train

Speed trials of Spanish-built Talgo train set at 110-115 km per hour conducted on Bareilley-Moradabad rail route in Uttar Pradesh

The Indian Railways has conducted a trial run of the high speed Talgo trains from Spain between the two cities of Bareilly and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.  The currently undergoing test trials of high speed train Talgo have created quite a buzz in the country.

The first trial run of Spanish-built Talgo train happened on Sunday between Bareilly and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh. The trial run of the aluminium Talgo coaches started at Bareilly at 9:05 a.m. and the train which had two 4,500hp diesel locomotives at each end raced towards Moradabad, eventually reaching the city at 10:15 a.m.. The train traveled at speeds between 80-115km/h during the 70-minute run between the two cities.

The Talgo coaches are made from aluminium which makes them lighter than the current coaches used by the Indian railways. The Talgo coaches have also been designed in such a way that the train does not need to slow down while going through a curve. In addition to their speedy nature, the Talgo trains consume 30 percent less energy than normal trains.

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu had said earlier this month that the ministry is working towards getting faster trains with better facilities; the Talgo trains could be a good start to that.

The train is one of the fastest in India and it was hauled at the speed of 115 kmph for the oscillation test. However, for the train that has the speed capacity of far more than 115 kmph, two more speed runs would be conducted between Mathura – Palwal corridor and Delhi – Mumbai corridor. This time, the test would be kept around 200 kmph for its speed, stability and safety test.

The technology which makes this high-speed train imported from Spain provide such high level of safety and comfort?

1. India is currently testing trails of the Talgo 250 category of train that has the maximum speed of 250 km per hour. However, Indian Railways will be testing Talgo train at a speed not more than 180 km per hour.

2. The Talgo 250 is a dual voltage electric train (AC/DC) equipped with variable gauge axles. This allows the units to be used on high-speed lines and on conventional broad gauge lines.

3. Talgo  uses the technology of lightweight construction, articulated union between coaches, guided axels and independent wheels and natural tilting system.

4. High level of safety and comfort, great adaptability to any infrastructure, lower operation and maintenance costs, high reduction of CO2 emission, noise and vibration compared to competitors, most accessibility and comfort are the biggest advantage of Talgo trains.

The Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express runs at an average speed of 85 km per hour while the Talgo train can maintain an average speed of 125 km per hour. Talgo envisages the journey between Delhi and Mumbai can be completed in about 12 hours as compared to 17 hours at present.

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