Speed is the mantra for IR
It is in the next phase, 10 more Train 18s will be made in the year 2019-20 and run on other routes in this country.
Vishnu Sharmaa, INN/Chennai, @svs037
Tracks to be ready for 180kmph
The day is not far off when the travel time on our trains will be much less than what it is now. It may be a dream currently, but soon it is going to be a reality. Infodea had a hint about this and went ahead to know more in this regard.
Member of Railway Board (rolling stock) Rajesh Agrawal speaking to Infodea said Indian Railways has got a hint about the famous formula ‘he who has speed wins,’ so efforts are on to run trains at speeds that will be greater than what it is now,’ says Rajesh Agarwal.
We all know about Vande Bharat Express (Train 18) that is going to run from Delhi to Benaras.
Initially, there will be two more semi-high speed trains from the national capital to the popular pilgrimage spot, this will turn the Benaras on par with Kyoto. It is in the next phase, 10 more Train 18s will be made in the year 2019-20 and run on other routes in this country.
We have identified the routes where Train 18 could be operated as per the instructions from Railways Ministry, said General Manager, Southern Railway R K Kulshrestha.
Focus is on those places where traffic is significant. Kasi to Delhi, Chennai to Benagaluru, Trivandrum, Madurai, Coimbatore, Mangalore, Hyderabad are among the routes where Train-18 is likely to run, he said.
The tracks in those ways are being upgraded to take up the speed of 180 kmph. Upgrade work has begun about four years ago, it is making commendable progress. After successful trials on these tracks, speed limit will be hiked to 180 kmph. Introduction of high speed trains can bring down the journey time by about 45 to 55 percent.
Journey time from Chennai to New Delhi can take about 16 to 18 hours from its present 32 hours, travel from Delhi to Lucknow will be just about six hours, New Delhi to Banaras journey can be completed in eight hours from its present 11 hours.