Rail-travel in India is all set to get a face-lift with the introduction of the high-speed Talgo made trains. The trains have reached Mumbai Nine state-of-the-art train coaches manufactured by Spanish firm Talgo, which are capable of running at a maximum speed of 200 kmph today, reached Mumbai ahead of their crucial test run by the Railways next month. Dispatched in a cargo ship from Barcelona on March 27, they will be put on trial on the existing tracks for validation test. "Talgo coaches have arrived at the Mumbai port. These coaches will be transported to Izzatnagar Depot after getting customs clearances," a senior Railway Ministry official said. "The first Talgo train trial will be conducted between Bareilly and Moradabad rail route at a maximum speed of 115 kmph for oscillation test. This will be followed by another trial between Palwal and Mathura route at a maximum speed of 180 kmph," the official said.
After analysing the result of the test run, railways will consider introduction of the Spanish made high-speed trains on other routes too.
Talgo will conduct the time validation trial on Delhi-Mumbai corridor soon, the official said.
If the Talgo train runs at speeds varying between 160 and 200 kmph on the existing infrastructure without any upgrade, the travel time between the two cities is expected to be cut down to about 12 hours from the current 17 hours.