To reduce the travel time between Delhi and Mumbai to less than 12 hours, the final trial run of Delhi-Mumbai Talgo train at 150 km per hour speed was expected to leave New Delhi station on 10th September at 2:45 pm and reach Mumbai at 2:29 am early morning next day, which cover the 1,384 km stretch in less than 12 hours at 150kmph, failed to hit the required speed in the earlier three trials. Talgo train with nine coaches instead of reaching the destination in 11 hours and 44 minutes at 150 km per hour in its final trial, delayed by 18 minutes late in its final trial.
TTraveling 1,384 km stretch between New Delhi and Mumbai, the train at 140 km per hour speed reached at 3.15 am instead of scheduled arrival at 2.57 am. Talgo aims to reduce travel time between Delhi and Mumbai by four hours. Currently, the super-fast Rajdhani Express train takes around 16 hours between New Delhi and Mumbai.
Railways had conducted the first trial run of Talgo tains between Bareilly and Moradabad in UP in May. Followed by the second trial run on the Palwal-Mathura section of the North-Central Railway completed at 180 kmph, covering 84 km in 38 minutes.
The benefits of the nine coach Talgo trains are that it saves up to Rs 1 crore compared to Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) Rajdhani and Shatabdi coaches. Talgo coaches are easier to maintain. The Coaches consist of reading lights, tables, audio & video entertainment. Trains inside have controlled temperature even if outside temperature is 50 degrees Celsius or below 20 degrees Celsius. Talgo train consists of two Executive Class cars, four Chair Cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach for staff and equipment. Another benefit is that Talgo can reduce railways energy bill by 30%. Besides railway staff, technicians from Talgo are onboard during the trial.