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India conducts successful trial of its first semi-bullet train
The Indian railways have conducted the first trial run of its first semi-bullet train between New Delhi and Agra. It took the train 90 minutes to cover the one side of the journey. The train ran at the speed of 160 kmph.
The semi-bullet transportation medium is 30 minutes faster than the Bhopal Shatabdi Express, which is India's fastest train presently between Delhi and Agra route.

The trial run of this train was successful and after reaching it destination is back in Delhi. The launch of this train on commercial basis for the common passengers is planned for coming November as authorities are waiting for its trial run to get over. The train is fully equipped with an electric locomotive of 5400HP. An estimated amount of 15 crore rupees would be invested to make the track ready for this train.

During trial of the train the Commissioner of Railway Safety PK Vajpayee, Divisional Railway Managers (DRM) of Delhi and Agra Divisions and other senior officials were there, who are part of this great project as well.

The Railways had also deployed RPF personnel along the route to ensure a smooth test run. The coaches of the train are like coaches used in the Bhopal Shatabdi express and also expected to reduce the travel time between Delhi and Agra from 126 minutes to only 90 minutes, a good news for tourists who are planning to visit Taj in future.

The construction of special railway tracks may take about three months to complete and parts of the track will also have to be fenced. The theory behind introduction of such projects is to present Indian Railways modernised image that it can run semi-high speed trains within the existing infrastructure with some alterations and minimum cost. The project is expected to find a further details in the Rail Budget.

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