India’s fastest train to be flagged off soon; completes final test run in record time

New Delhi: Gatimaan Express, the first semi high-speed train service between Delhi and Agra, is going to be the fastest train in India with a speed touching up to 160 km per hour.  The sixth and final trial for Gatimaan Express, the first semi high-speed train service between Delhi and Agra, was completed on Tuesday, during which the train covered the 195-km journey in 115 minutes, clocking a maximum speed of 160-plus kmph.

With this success, news is in air from several sources that Prime Minister Narednra Modi is expected to flag off the train, touted to be the country’s fastest, in the second week of June 2015.

However, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has denied any such plans announced either by Ministry of Railways or by the Prime Minister’s office.

Equipped with a 5,400HP electric locomotive and 12 modern coaches, the train, however, arrived 10 minutes late as it was expected to cover the journey in about 105 minutes.

Bhupinder Dhillon, public relations officer for Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) office, Agra Division told, “It was the last trial run of Gatimaan Express, which was conducted by the maintenance department of Northern Railway . So, now we can expect the train to be flagged off soon.“

The train will also have some extra features like emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm along with a passenger information system, and sliding doors inside the coaches. The fare for Gatimaan will be 25 per cent higher than that of the Shatabdi. The semi-high speed train that recommends to reduce travelling time between Delhi as well as Agra to 105 mins will certainly have LCD Televisions mounted behind each seat and also emergency braking system.

Railways has also chosen nine other routes for similar trains. These include Kanpur-Delhi, Chandigarh-Delhi, Hyderabad-Chennai, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Goa-Mumbai and Nagpur-Secunderabad.