Talgo Train sets arrives at Izatnagar Workshop in Uttar Pradesh

This will be the first time that a completely imported trainset is put on trial on the Indian Railways.

Izzatnagar: The first coach of Spanish trainmaker Talgo’s 9-coach trainset arrived late on Tuesday at the Izatnagar Workshop of North Eastern Railway at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

The train had left from Mumbai Port Trust on May 7 and carried on multi-axle trucks called mafis.

The rest of the 8 coaches are expected in the next couple of days, said NER officials.

NER said that the train will have to be re-assembled at the Izatnagar workshop before being deployed for trials.

The trials should start by the end of May or early June. It will be the first time a completely imported trainset is put on trial on the Indian Railways.

While the Vehicle Dynamics Simulation report conducted by Talgo on Indian tracks has certified the speed capability of the tracks at 198 kilometre per hour, railway officials told the Mathura-Palwal trial will be at standard speed of 180 kmph.

“One coach will have oscillograph and other speed trial equipment, and the train will be pulled by a WDP4 or WAP5 locomotive capable of pulling to speeds of 180kmph. The trials will test the stability of the train, its top speed in Indian track conditions and the emergency braking distance. It could herald a new era if the trials are successful ” said an official.

Transport of the cars from Spain was managed by Gefco, with the vehicles shipped from Barcelona on March 27. Once customs formalities had been completed, Uniworld Logistics transported the cars 1 600 km by road from Mumbai port to the Izzatnagar workshop.

The trainset is to be reassembled and fitted with monitoring equipment by the end May, ahead of tests hauled by WDP-4 diesel and WAP-5 electric locomotives. Initial testing is to be undertaken on the 205 km Moradabad – Saharanpur route at a maximum speed of 115km/h, and is to be followed in July by runs at up to 180 km/h on the Palwal – Mathura section of the Delhi – Agra route.

The testing is being undertaken at Talgo’s expense, and will be supervised by IR’s Research Design & Standards Organisation. The aim is to enable Indian Railways to assess whether lightweight Talgo rolling stock would be suitable for operation at speeds between 160 km/h and 200 km/h on existing infrastructure. This could potentially cut journey times on the Delhi – Mumbai corridor, and reduce energy costs by an estimated 30%.