In what could be touted as a major achievement for the Indian Railways, the entity has managed to up the maximum speed of all the long-distance trains up to 130 kmph from the previous average of 100 kmph.
Commenting on their achievement, railway officials claimed that the entire project required a technical overhaul. Based on this improvisation, the Western Railway (WR) and the Central Railway (CR) updated their schedules from October 1.
While the WR upped the speed of 42 trains, helping it save anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours and 35 minutes as compared to its earlier schedule, time saved by the CR by operating 17 trains as per the updated speed limit is anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes. Railway officials said the new schedule was implemented after months of trial and error.
Over the last few months, the railways has been discussing about increasing the speed of its existing trains to 160 kmph or more so that they could be operated on high-speed corridors.
The officials want the trains to zip on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor at a whopping 350 kmph or even more. However, assessment of the existing infrastructure grounded their ambitious plan. The survey revealed that it was impossible to achieve even the top speed of 160 kmph.
“Presently, it would be impossible to run trains at 160 kmph. So trial runs are taking place on the Delhi-Agra section at this speed,” said G C Agarwal, general manager, WR.