Mumbai, Aug 2 - The much-awaited Spanish-made Talgo high-speed train reached the Mumbai Central Terminus…
Agencies, New Delhi: The final trial run to determine if the Spanish Talgo train can slash the travel time between Delhi and Mumbai by four hours
will be conducted on Saturday.
A Talgo train is expected to start at 2.45pm from New Delhi station on September 10 and scheduled to reach at Mumbai at 2.29am early morning next day, said a senior railway ministry official.
The train with nine coaches aims for a speed of 150 km/hour and a travel time of 11 hours and 44 minutes.
Talgo aims to reduce travel time between Delhi-Mumbai by four hours. Currently, the super-fast Rajdhani Express train takes around 16 hours between New Delhi and Mumbai.
Nine super light-weight coaches manufactured by Spanish firm Talgo, which can hit 200 km per hour, were imported to Mumbai in April.
On Friday, a Talgo train reached Mumbai 18 minutes late in the penultimate trial.
Travelling the 1,384km stretch between New Delhi and Mumbai, the train at 140 km per hour speed reached 3.15am — instead of scheduled arrival at 2.57am.
In an earlier trial on August 2, the high-speed train reached Mumbai Central station within 15 hours and 41 minutes since its departure from Delhi. It was delayed between Surat-Mumbai section as the tracks were washed away due to floods.
Apart from Mumbai, the Railways conducted a trial run of Talgo trains on the Bareilly-Moradabad stretch in Uttar Pradesh followed by another on the Palwal-Mathura section of the North-Central Railway.
The nine-coach Talgo train consists of two executive class cars, four chair cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach for staff and equipment.
Besides railway staff, technicians from Talgo are on board during the trial.