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Jul 13, 2015

High Speed Train Running Information

It is likely that Indian Railway users would spot the trains of high speed running on railway tracks in next 2 years in India. Users are already aware that the trials for the run of India's first high speed train, scheduled to run between New Delhi and Agra, have been successfully completed; and all are now waiting for the regular fast train service.

train running on water in India
Incredible! Train running on water in India. Even men are known to walk on water here.
Ministry of railways has started putting up plans in place for the smooth run of high speed trains. As per railway ministry the fast trains would only have 12 coaches/bogies. It is also decided that all these 12 coaches would be of LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) type. The relatively small number of coaches would mean that seat availability at times would be less, but it is necessary so that high speeds of over 160 kph can be maintained. In fact, railways has given directions to replace the current coaches in all train (mail/express/ superfast) with new LHB coaches so that the speeds of these train can also be increased.

What is LHB Coach?
The LHB coaches are manufactured by German company Linke-Hofmann. These coaches are specifically designed for trains running between the stations at 160-200 kph speeds. In India, LHB coach was first integrated in 'Shatabdi Express' train in year 2000. Since then, the process of replacing old coaches with LHB type is going on. Railway has conducted studies and they came to conclusion that with traditional coaches the aim of achieving high speeds cannot be achieved.

Now 3000 coaches per year would be manufactured across three rail coach factories in India under "Make In India" campaign. As of now the coaches are manufactured on at Kapurthala of Punjab state. In coming years high speed coaches would also be made in Rae Bareli (UP) and Kolar (Karnataka) based train coach manufacturing plants. Under 'Make in India' concept, Indian Railways would make use of German technology and technical know-how in it own coach making factories to produce LHB coaches in India itself. This will reduce the need to import many number of coaches from Germany. Earlier only 400 coaches per year were made in India.

One of the major benefits of making train coaches in India would be huge reduction in cost of manufacturing. At present the cost of making single LHB AC coach is 1.5-2.0 Crore Rs. Similarly for making Sleeper and General coaches railway spends 80 lakh and 50 lakh Indian Rupees respectively. Now when these coaches will start getting made in India, the factories can combine Indian and German technology to reduce manufacturing cost by customizing original coaches as per local requirements.

Increase in Railway Jobs
With all the above initiatives taken by railway more and more railway jobs, both in technical and nontechnical departments would become available for the youths. At least 10,000 vacancies in railways is expected once the coaches start getting build in India.

High speed train corridors
Railway has set up a time frame of maximum five years withing which it will commence high speed train journeys in India. Withing this time limit, at least 6 high speed train corridors will be completed. These includes corridors between Delhi-Kanpur, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Mysore-Bangaluru-Chennai, Mumbai-Goa, Chennai-Hyderabad, and Nagpur-Secunderabad stations.

We hope that railway users would find this high speed train running information useful.

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