If you think travelling from Delhi to Mumbai through train is too tedious, you will soon change your mind. A train will now take you there in less than 13 hours overnight!
To ease long-distance commuting woes, the Indian Railways will soon connect the country’s most high-profile Delhi-Mumbai route by upgrading an existing train, and completing the journey in less than 13 hours.
It will take almost three hours lesser than the current running time for the Rajdhani Express, The Indian Express reported.
This move is expected to make this Delhi-Mumbai link a ‘true overnighter.’
Business travellers prefer to fly down to Delhi from Mumbai or vice versa, instead of travelling by rail, as it’s time consuming. This train could help change that.
“A true overnighter will claw back a sizeable pie of that market,” said Ministry officials.
Spearheaded by Railway Board Member (Rolling Stock), Ravindra Gupta, the first trial of this service was conducted using the Linke Hofman Busch (LHB) coaches of the Rajdhani.
The existing 24-coach Mumbai Rajdhani has a sanctioned speed of 130kmph. But its average speed comes down to a 90kmph, taking almost 15.35 hours to reach the destination due to curves and speed restrictions along the 1,386km route.
With the new project in place, a 14-coach train will be pulled by a single engine. The first trial, however, deployed two engines for faster acceleration and deceleration.
Despite the LHB coaches being designed to run at a rapid speed of 150kmph, its engines are capable of covering over 200kmph. A number of factors like the speed restrictions, signalling systems and other route conditions, forced the existing rakes to underperform in terms of speed during the trial. Termed a ‘soft trial’, the 14-coach rake took a little more than 13 hours with two operational halts to complete the journey. In order to improve this, engineers are looking at the option of cutting the existing six halts on the route to two, or even one.
The Railways Ministry will now assess the results, discuss existing issues with the new service and conduct further trials.
The second, ‘more serious’ trial is set to take place after the Railway Board meeting, an official told Express. Even though the sanctioned speed of the new service under trial continues to be 130kmph, the Indian Railways believes that key to the success of the project is the verification and extension of stretches, where the train can reach and maintain the consistent speed for longer.