New Delhi: The much anticipated final trial run of the superfast Talgo train in India will take place on the Delhi-Mumbai route on Saturday. The superfast train is expected to cover 1,384 km stretch in less than 12 hours at a speed of 150kmph.
According to the railway authorities, Talgo will leave Delhi at 2.45 PM on Saturday and reach Mumbai at 2.29 AM on Sunday.
So, what makes Talgo different from other superfast trains? Here are some of the salient features of the Talgo train:
- The Talgo train promises to run at top speeds of 160-220 km per hour. If the trial run goes smoothly, then Talgo will first run between Mumbai and Delhi and is likely to cut down the travel time to around 12 hours, from the current 17 hours by Rajdhani train.
- Talgo trains have the technology to keep interiors pleasant even when the temperature outside crosses 50 degree Celsius or drops below -20 degree Celsius.
- Less maintenance more efficiency: The Spain based Talgo will save up to Rs 1 crore and require less maintenance compared to the LHB coaches used in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
- Coach structure: The Talgo train consists of nine coaches with two executive classes, four chair cars, a cafeteria, a power car, and a tail end coach for staffs and equipment.
- Talgo trains can also reduce Railways’ energy bill by 30 per cent as its reduced weight and inalterability against atmospheric agents is translated into lower energy consumption.
- Talgo 250 was the first high speed train to run in Central Asia. In Uzbekistan, it runs on a daily basis.
- Amenities that Talgo train offers are world famous which include footrests, reading lights, tables, audio entertainment control, etc. for every individual seat.
- The Talgo train will have monitors for video entertainment.
- Talgo stands for Tren Articulado Ligero Goicoechea Oriol, which means light articulated train.