Bullet trains might be a reality soon

Trains running at a speed of more than 350 kmph might might become a reality in days to come. Railways have identified seven corridors for conducting pre-feasibility studies for running high speed trains or ” bullet trains”.

These corridors will be set up through Public Private Partnership (PPP) route. A study is also being done on Delhi-Mumbai route with Japanese help to raise the speed of passenger trains from 160 kmph to 200 kmph being referred to as Semi-High Speed.

At the same time, railways is working on the concept of acquiring Electrical Multiple Units (EMU) Train sets for intercity journeys for operating speed ranging from 130-160 km/hour.

Besides, railways also proposes to introduce in near future such modern EMU train sets designed for operations at maximum speed of 130 kmph/150 kmph for running premium Shatabdi/Rajdhani trains, without any additional expenditure on existing track and signalling infrastructure.

Existing Railway track on Rajdhani route is fit for running trains up to a speed of 150 kmph, but average speeds of Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains is less than 90 kmph due to large number of speed restrictions and poor acceleration and deceleration characteristics of existing loco hauled trains.

The proposed modern distributed powered EMU train sets will be free from these bottlenecks and provide faster and safer movement and will substantially reduce run time.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-10-08/lucknow/34322165_1_bullet-trains-kmph-train-sets

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