Shatabdi, Rajdhani set to become faster

In a bid to reduce travel time of train journeys, the Railways will induct Electrical Multiple Units (EMU) train sets for all Shatabdi and Rajdhani services. This will increase the speed of these trains to 160 kmph from 90 kmph.The proposed train set will have 21 coaches and with its distributed power arrangement, it is touted to be highly power efficient. Each EMU set will cost the Railways Rs 200 crore.

“The existing locomotive-hauled trains has speed constraints due to poor acceleration and deceleration capabilities. The proposed modern distributed powered EMU train sets will be free from these bottlenecks and will substantially reduce run-time,” said a senior railway official.

Officials say the EMU train sets will have driving cabs at both ends. “This will reduce the required turn-round time of the train at terminal stations by 15 minutes. It is being estimated that such a train set can do an extra trip per day in inter-city route like Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Amritsar or Mumbai-Ahmedabad,” the official said.

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