High speed Talgo trains coming to India

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Rail passengers in India may soon have the luxury of Spanish coaches on the Rajdhani and Shatabdi express trains. The existing LHB coaches will be replaced if the railways' experiment with high speed Talgo trains is successful.

Railways will be procuring these trains that have the advantage of being faster, cost effective and energy-efficient. Railway officials said each of the coaches of these trains would save up to Rs 1 crore as compared to the LHB coaches currently being used in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains

A senior rail ministry official said the average cost of manufacturing LHB coaches is around Rs 2.75 crore for each unit while the Talgo trains cost only Rs 1.7 crore per coach. This will help railways save at least Rs 1 crore per coach besides saving upto 30 per cent of electricity as compared to the trains being used in India.

Officials said the average speed of these light weight aerodynamic coaches can be 50 per cent higher than the Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains and hence the travel time will come down significantly.

The Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express runs at an average speed of 85 km per hour while the Talgo trains can maintain the average speed of 125 km per hour. At this speed, the journey between Delhi and Mumbai can be completed in about 12 hours as compared to the 17 hours at present.

Source: India today

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