The Spanish Talgo train achieve the speed record of 180 kmph during their second trials between Mathura and Palwal. Talgo train covered the 80-km distance in 39 minutes on Wednesday. This speed is said to be the fastest till date on Indian tracks. previously recorded by an Indian train held by Gatimaan Express, at 160kmph.
Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM), Agra, D K Singh told The Indian Express that the trial runs of Talgo were conducted with empty coaches. “We will now conduct the trial at the speed of 180 kmph with coaches filled to capacity. These trials will continue till July 2.”
Talgo consists of nine coaches two Executive Class cars, four Chair Cars, a pantry car, a power car and a tail-end coach for staff and equipment, which is almost equivalent to Rajdhani and Shatabdi.
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In the first phase of the trials held from May 29, the Spanish coaches were pulled at speeds between 80 and 115kmph between Bareilly and Moradabad, a distance of 90 km. The Indian Railways started the trials of the Talgo train on July 9. On its second run on July 12, it had hit 170 kmph. The third phase of trials will be held on the Mumbai-Delhi 1,400-km route.