By Accommodation Times News Services
The Indian Railways has identified nine corridors for taking action to raise speeds of passenger trains to 160-200 kmph. These are (i) Delhi-Agra (ii) Delhi-Chandigarh (iii) Delhi-Kanpur (iv) Nagpur-Bilaspur (v) Mysore-Bengaluru-Chennai (vi) Mumbai-Goa (vii) Mumbai-Ahmedabad (viii) Chennai-Hyderabad & (ix) Nagpur-Secunderabad.
Trail of Shatabdi Express and similar trains up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph between New Delhi-Agra and back was conducted on 3rd July, 2014 for assessing the condition of fitness of track at a particular speed and was found to be successful at 160 kmph. The trial train took 102 minutes and 105 minutes from New Delhi-Agra Cantt. And Agra Cantt.- New Delhi respectively.
The rolling stock i.e. Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches and electric loco have already been tested earlier successfully at speed of 180 kmph. During the trial, all issues related with safety, technical aspects related with rolling stock and with other technical sub-systems like track, bridges, signaling, overhead equipments etc. have been checked and found to be in order.