Second trial run of Spanish Talgo coaches likely from tomorrow on Mathura-Palwal route

Mathura : The second round of trials for Talgo railway coaches is expected to start from tomorrow which will continue for more than a month. The Talgo coaches, which has passed speed limit of 120 kms per hour on Bareilly Moradabad route in the last week of May last, will now be tested for 180-200 km/hr speed during the trials that would be conducted between Mathura-Palwal route. Railway sources here today said that the Talgo coaches have arrived in Mathura from Izzatngar workshop in Bareilly and preparation are underway. In the second phase of trial, the train speed will be increased to 200 kmph on the Mathura-Palwal section. The test runs are planned initially with empty coaches, and later with sandbags on the passenger seats. Sources said the second leg of the test, to be conducted by joint teams of railway engineers and Research Designs and Standards Organisation staff, will witness a run on the Mathura-Palwal section of North-Central Railway, for 40 days at 200 kmph. The first phase of the trial was conducted on the 80km-long track between Bareilly and Moradabad on May-June, during which the train ran successfully at speeds between 110 and 120kmph.

Third trial will be done on the Delhi-Mumbai route at excess of 200kmph for two weeks after the success of the second trials. Talgo trains are light-weight, fast and known for some design features that include articulated bogies. The Talgo train coaches are designed in a way that it can run on curves without decelerating the speed. Talgo train coaches would save up to Rs 1 crore as compared to the LHB coaches used in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains. They are also said to require less maintainance. In this train, One bogie is shared by two coaches and independent rotation of wheels allow smooth negotiation of curves. Unlike that for Japanese bullet trains, no major overhauling of tracks is said to be required for running Talgo trains in India. Besides reducing travel time, Talgo's lighter trains consume 30 per cent less energy. 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. Finally, the trial run will be conducted on the Delhi-Mumbai route, for two weeks at a stretch. The trials, if successful, will lead to introduction of a 'super luxury' Talgo train service between Delhi and Mumbai in a few months, reducing the travel time in about 12 hours, from 17 hours at present.

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