Real Madrid based locomotive manufacturing company Talgo is waiting for the nod from the Indian higher officials to start the shipping of their lighter, faster trains. The company is ready to take up a trail run on their own expenditure and risks; “just to display their trains advantages”. It plans to run these locomotives between Mumbai and Delhi. Currently, the route consumers an average of 17 hours, the Spanish locomotive company is sure to bring this time consumption down by at least 5 hours. Non-disturbance to India’s aging rail tracks is the biggest advantage (if achieved as promised by Talgo).
The company has almost solved all reserach works and technical issues and discussed the project with the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) in India. The trail process according to company sources is about to start by late October or by early November, 2015.
The Spanish train maker plans to expand the routes in India once the primary national capital to economic capital travel time is reduced. According to the railway department in India; the company has promised of running the new lighter and faster locomotives without changing the track infrastructure by much. Hence, out of the 64,000 kilometers of rail tracks within the country only a bit would be revamped into new and the rest would be the same. This understandably should be a profitable outcome for the Indian Railways.
Though there’s interest and willingness to improve and invest; nods from government bodies needs patience” #railtravelmumbaidelhiin12hrs
Once the operations start running successfully; Talgo is also planning to set up a manufacturing branch in India. The Indian railways too is planning an investment of $125 billion for the same. The Spanish company is excited with the developments and plans to expand its business in the Asian-Pacific region through their set-up in India.
Opening up with details the locomotive company indicates the introduction of racks that can clock 160-220 kilometers per hour; this is a kind of achievement as they can run on an unchanged railway infrastructure which is quite aged in India. Talgo already has these locomotives running successfully in some parts of central Asia and USA.
How quick and successful does this develop in India will be interesting and worth a watch.