New Delhi, December 04: The Indian Railways conducted a successful trial run of Rajdhani on Mumbai-Delhi route at a speed of 160 kmph. A team of Indian Railways’ research and development organisation (RDSO) conducted the trials in October and November with the help of WAP-5 locomotive engine in push-pull mode. The RSDO on Monday confirmed the successful completion of the trials. Howrah - New Delhi Rajdhani Express Bomb Scare: Train Vacated and Halted at Ghaziabad After Threat Call, Bomb Squad Pressed Into Service.
A detail report has been sent to the railways for operation clearance. After getting a green signal, the train could run on Mumbai-Delhi and Mumbai-Kolkata routes at 160 kmph. Currently, Rajdhani trains run at a speed of 130 kmph on all routes. By enhancing the speed of the Rajdhani Express the travelling time between Delhi and Mumbai will be reduced by almost six hours. Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express Gets a Makeover With Aircraft-Like Interiors Under ‘Operation Swarn’: See Pics
According to a report published in The Times of India, two electric engines were fitted at both ends of Rajdhani Express, while one engine pulled the train, the other pushed it with its additional power. During the trial run, it was found that push-pull mode can also cruise like ‘Train 18’ trainset.
Meanwhile, trials of Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express were also conducted on the Roha-Madgaon stretch of Konkan Railway from November 14 at 120 kmph. Once getting approval, it will reduce the travel time by 15-30 minutes.