At 50 kmph, trains lag way behind cars

You may be driving your car faster than mail and express trains.

The railways could manage to run its mail and express trains at an average speed of only 50km an hour during 2011-12. The average speed of EMUs (electrical multiple units) was 40km an hour and ordinary passenger trains covered 36km in an hour. Goods trains ran at an average speed of 25km an hour.

Though the transporter may be planning to run bullet trains, the trains could achieve these speeds only on broad gauge. On metre gauge, the trains slowed down further, with mail and express trains plying at 30km an hour and goods trains at 14km an hour.

The speed of trains, according to the railways, was dependent on various factors such as the trains themselves, the signaling system, rolling stock and stops. “It is a constant endeavour of Indian Railways to improve the average speed of trains,” minister of state for railways K J Surya Prakash Reddy said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.


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