In its final trial run, Spanish train manufacturer Talgo took 12 hrs to complete a distance of 1,388 km on the key Delhi-Mumbai route at a speed of 150 km per hour.
The train started at 2.45 pm from New Delhi station and reached at Mumbai at 2.34 am early morning today, taking time of 11 hours and 48 minutes, which is good 4 hours faster than Rajdhani Express, that takes around 16 hours.
Besides reducing travel time, Talgo’s lighter trains consume 30% less energy.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency in a report submitted last year on the feasibility of a bullet train service between Mumbai and Ahmedabad estimated a substantial initial cost towards improving signalling systems and strengthening tracks in India, but the Spanish company claims 160 kmph can be achieved without such upgrades.
Talgo, a Spanish company that specialises in high-speed and semi-high speed trains, provided the coaches for trial on its own cost. The coaches were shipped from Spain to Mumbai earlier this year and transported to Izzatnagar diesel workshop in Bareilly on May 18 to be tweaked to suite Indian conditions.
Talgo coaches are lightweight and designed to run on curves without decelerating. They have wheels mounted in pairs but are not joined to the axle and the bogeys are shared among a set of coaches, and are equipped with anti-overturn and anti-override technologies.