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After the successful introduction of first engineless semi high-speed train Vande Bharat Express (Train 18) between New Delhi and Varanasi, Indian Railways is continues thinking on gearing up the speed of other semi high-speed trains. Indian Railways has quietly crossed a milestone for another kind of technology named as push-pull technology to achieve higher speeds for its Rajdhanis and reduce travel time without incurring much extra cost as reported by TIE.
Under the push-pull technology, wherein one engine is attached to the rear of the train while another at the front pulling coaches, was used to run the Mumbai Rajdhani via Central Railway route on Wednesday. The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) has given clearance on Wednesday morning after successful trial tests last week. The technology has also received speed certificate from the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO).
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The RDSO has issued the speed certificate to run Rajadhani trains up to the 130 km/h speed between Delhi and Mumbai route through Central Railway.
According to the Railways, these two engines, hard-wired to act like one, not just provide additional power to the train but also reduce the acceleration and deceleration times of the train significantly, making higher averages speed possible.
According to sources, Indian Railways is planning to deploy these trains like Rajdhani Express. These are existing locomotives pulling the Rajdhani-type Linke Hoffman Busch (LHB) coaches.
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“The beauty of this accomplishment is that we can achieve much higher average speeds and reduce travel time with our existing stock of coaches and engines,” said a senior Railway official working in Ministry of Railways.
This article first appeared on urbantransportnews.com
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