High Speed Spanish Talgo Train trail begin, first being successful


New Delhi. Spanish Talgo Train began its trail run at the power speed of 110-115 kms per hour, conducted at the Bareilly-Moradabad line in the Uttar Pradesh on Sunday as a part of the Railway’s strategy to induct faster trains.

The lighter and faster train, with nine coaches and hauled by a 4,500 HP diesel engine, covered the 90-km distance in 70 minutes, officials said.

The train left Bareilly at 9.05 AM and reached Moradabad at 10.15 AM, the officials said.

Tango’s train consumes 30 percent less energy. It can also run on curves without decelerating the speed of the train.It consists of two Executive class cars, four chair cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach for staff and equipment.

Talgo is a Madrid-based Spanish leading manufacturer of semi-high speed (160-250 kmph) and high-speed (350 kmph) passenger trains.

The train envisaged to cover the 17-hour journey between Delhi and Mumbai in about 12 hours.

Shipped from Barcelona, the Talgo aluminum coaches anchored at Mumbai port on April 2.

Next trial is scheduled on Rajdhani route between Mathura and Palwal for 40 days with speed up to 180 km per hour. These trials will be conducted in series of phases to test the riding, safety and stability of these trains.

After the successful completion of this phase, timing trial of the much awaited high-speed train will be conducted.

Hamid Akhtar, Executive Director of Railways' Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) who travelled by the Talgo train, said, "There will be three more such runs" before the success or failure could be assessed.

"It is difficult to say anything about the success or failure of the trial. We will record the timings and other parameters during the journey (in further runs). The data will be analyzed and then only we will be able to say anything. Nevertheless it was a smooth ride," he said.

Besides the trial with officials and sandbags in the coaches, there will be trial with empty coaches as well.

The Railways has set up a Mobility Directorate to work on strategies to increase speed of trains. Gatimaan Express India s first semi-high speed that clocks 160 kmph, was launched on the Delhi-Agra route last month.