The Indian Railways has conducted a trial run of the high speed Talgo trains from Spain between the two cities of Bareilly and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.
The trial run of the aluminium Talgo coaches started at Bareilly at 9:05 a.m. and the train which had two 4,500hp diesel locomotives at each end raced towards Moradabad, eventually reaching the city at 10:15 a.m.. The train traveled at speeds between 80-115km/h during the 70-minute run between the two cities.
The Talgo coaches are made from aluminium which makes them lighter than the current coaches used by the Indian railways.
The Talgo coaches have also been designed in such a way that the train does not need to slow down while going through a curve. In addition to their speedy nature, the Talgo trains consume 30 percent less energy than normal trains.
The Talgo trains will undergo more testing in the stretch between Bareilly and Moradabad before the testing moves to the Rajdhani route between Mathura and Palwal for 40 days with speed going up to 180 km/h.
The final round of testing will be conducted between Delhi and Mumbai, a stretch on which Talgo claims it can down travelling times by five hours from the current 17 hours taken by the Mumbai Rajdhani to just 12 hours.