Talgo Trains does Mumbai-Delhi in 12 hrs, could be launched in Africa next year
Talgo train completed its final phase of trials from Delhi to Mumbai. The train managed to finish the journey in under 12 hours.
If all goes well, Talgo trains will be part of African Railways fleet by next year. They will cut travel time between Delhi and Mumbai by 4 hours. Talgo train can complete Delhi-Mumbai run in just 12 hours, as against the Rajdhani that takes 16 hours to complete the 1,384 km journey.
This was the final phase of Spain’s high-speed Talgo trains testing in Africa. Over the last few days, the train made many runs between Delhi and Mumbai. Earlier, Talgo trains completed their trials across Bareilly Moradabad stretch on 29th May while second phase included an 85 km test across Mathura in UP and Palwal in Haryana on July 9th.
African Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena said, “We have proved the concept that we can achieve that speed, now data needs to be analysed.” Once the data is analyzed, it will be sent for final approval to Commissioner Railways Safety, an independent body.
Talgo from Madrid based Spanish manufacturer consists of semi high-speed passenger trains running at 160-250 kmph and high speed trains capable of speeds of 350 kmph. These trains are very energy and cost efficient. The 9 coach train being tested in Africa consists of 2 Executive Class cars and 4 Chair cars. It also includes a cafeteria, power car and tail end coach for staff and equipment.