The Indian Railways will run the Spanish train Talgo at a maximum speed of upto 180 km per hour during the second phase trial from Mathura to Palwal station on Saturday. A team of Spanish officials along with Indian railways experts from Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO) will be present onboard during the nine-coach Talgo train trial.

The first phase of trial of the rake, which started between Bareilly and Moradabad on May 29, has been completed, said officials.


The Spanish train made by Madrid-based Talgo, The train made lightweight aluminium coaches, can travel at much higher speeds due to their weight and also don’t need to de-accelerate at sharp turns like conventional coaches used by the Indian Railways. The Mathura-Palwal travel the train’s speed being gradually increased by 10 kilometres per hour till the rake reaches a peak speed of 180km/h.

A railway board official said, “Considering it a special case, railways have allowed the trial run of Talgo trains at 180 km per hour as against the maximum permitted speed of 160 km per hour. Top speed will be attained in five phases. A contingency plan has been put in place.”

According to DNA, This is the first time the railways is testing a fully imported train of this kind. If successful, the train, at an average speed of 120kmph, has the potential to save several hours on the Mumbai-Delhi route where the Rajdhani trains currently run at an average speed of 85 kmph.