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Railways to Launch New Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani, to Cut Travel Time by 4 Hours

Hopefully, with the new train, the Mumbai-Delhi line will once again become the reserve of business travellers, who now prefer to travel by air.

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Currently, there are two Rajdhani Express trains on the Mumbai-Delhi line, and both take more than 15 hours to cover the distance between the two cities.

While it takes a little over 17 hours to for the August Kranti Rajdhani, Mumbai Rajdhani covers the distance in 15 hours, 35 minutes.

But now the railways is planning to introduce a third Rajdhani Express, faster than the other two.

It is set to cover the distance between Bandra and Hazrat Nizamuddin station in 13 hours.

Mumbai Rajdhani. Source: Wikimedia

A senior official told The Hindu on Monday that the new train is likely to be launched by Diwali this year.

“The trial run (for the new train) will start in a couple of days. We are using the existing 24-coach Mumbai Rajdhani with two engines to see if we can make the journey shorter by a few hours. We are using Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches,” a senior railways official told the publication.

Sources said that the railways might introduce the new Rajdhani with 14 coaches and one engine to increase the speed, and see which one works better.

LHB coaches are known to have anti-climbing features and superior braking, reducing chances of a derailment. The coaches can run at a top speed of 150 kmph.

Hopefully, with the new train, the Mumbai-Delhi line will once again become the reserve of business travellers, who now prefer to travel by air.

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