Spanish Talgo train breaks new record by touching 180 km per hour to become India’s fastest train
Spanish Talgo train breaks new record by touching 180 km per hour to become India’s fastest train : On Wednesday, June 13, during the second phase of high-speed trials between Mathura and Palwal, a lightweight train manufactured by Spanish firm Talgo clocked 180 km per hour.
The train shattered the previous record of the Gatiman Express of 160 km per hour. Talgo train covered a distance of 86 km in just 39 minutes, which otherwise would have taken 90 minutes to cover.
The successful trial was supervised by the engineers from the Spanish firm, Talgo, and Research Design & Standards Organization (RDSO), Lucknow. The train consisted of nine empty coaches which were pulled by a Varanasi-made 4500-HP diesel engine. The nine coaches included two executive cars, four chair cars, a pantry car, a power car and a tail-end coach for the staff and equipments.
Around 20 more rounds of trials will take place till July 26, before the use, suitability and safety of these coaches can be determined.
In the next trial that will be conducted between Delhi and Mumbai, sandbags will be placed on seats to simulate the weight of the passengers. The train will aim to reach a speed of 220 km per hour during this run, said additional divisional railway manager of Agra, Dilip Kumar Singh.
Talgo is a Madrid-based manufacturer of semi-high speed (160-250 kmph) and high-speed (350 kmph) passenger trains. Talgo coaches are made of aluminium and are much lighter than conventional coaches used by the Indian Railways. These coaches are installed with modern equipment and also consume 30 per cent less energy. Talgo coaches are designed to run along curves without decelerating.
Vivek Sharma, second loco pilot in the engine of the train, who has an experience of 26 years as a train driver, while talking to Times of India said, “The feeling of the train running at such a high speed was amazing. Before the trial, we were a bit worried about the performance of the coaches at 180 kmph, but they ran exceptionally well, including on curves.”
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