Mumbai, November 22: Passengers of the Rajdhani Express between Mumbai and Delhi will experience a shorter travel time in two months as the railways are planning to boost the already fearsome speeds of the “superfast train” by more than an hour using a method usually employed by freight trains.
The plan is to attach two engines to each train – one in front, and the other at the rear – to employ a method called the push-and-pull technique in railway lingo.
Currently, the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express covers its 1,386-km distance in 15 hours and 35 minutes, while its return journey (Delhi-Mumbai) takes 15 minutes extra, i.e. 15 hours and 50 minutes. The railways aim to shave these travel times by more than 60 minutes using the push-and-pull technique.
Trials for the new method were successfully completed by the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) in October 2018, with 18 LHB rakes operated at speeds of 130 kmph from Bandra Terminus to Mathura Junction, and at 160 kmph between Mathura and Hazrat Nizamuddin.