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.
transportation medium is 30 minutes faster than the Bhopal Shatabdi
Express, which is India's fastest train presently between Delhi and
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.