The Spanish high speed train covered 1,384 km in 11 hours and 48 minutes during its final trial run, which finished early on Sunday . In comparison, the Rajdhani Express takes about 16 hours to cover the distance.
Talgo's final speed trial was conducted at a maximum permissible speed of 150 kmph; the average speed was 117.5 kmph. The train commenced its journey from New Delhi railway station at 2.45 pm on Saturday and reached Mumbai Central at 2.33 am, just four minutes beyond the stipulated 2.29 am schedule. With the train making it in a record time of less than 12 hours, railway officials are elated with the “successful run“. The officials said they will now collate results of the technical and speed tests to determine whether to buy the coaches.
Nine super light-weight coaches manufactured by Talgo were imported to Mumbai in April. The natural tilting mechanism of the coaches and that they are light allow Talgo trains to attain higher speeds on existing tracks. Trials started in May .Talgo can negotiate curves and climb inclines at much faster speeds compared to conventional Indian trains, and can hit a maximum speed of 200 kmph.
The Delhi-Mumbai trials have been the most stringent, involving a long distance, various speeds and curves. In the last trial run, conducted at 140 kmph, the train had reached Mumbai 18 minutes late. In India, the first Talgo trial was conducted on the Bareilly-Moradabad stretch in UP , followed by the Palwal-Mathura section of North-Central Railway . There, Talgo beat the Gatimaan, Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains to clock the highest-ever speed on Indian tracks 180 kmph. The nine-coach Talgo consists of two executive class cars, four chair cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach for staff and equipment.