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India's fastest train covers Delhi-Agra in 90 mins!

Last updated on: July 04, 2014 12:02 IST

Image: A high speed New Delhi Agra test train leaves New Delhi station.
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Come November and you can travel to Agra, the city of Taj Mahal, by train in just 90 minutes, cutting the journey time by 30 minutes at least.

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India's fastest train covers Delhi-Agra in 90 mins!

Image: A high speed New Delhi Agra test train leaves New Delhi station.
Photographs: Shirish Shete/PTI

 This has been made possible as the railways today successfully conducted the trial run of the country's fastest train that moves at a speed of 160 kms per hour.

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India's fastest train covers Delhi-Agra in 90 mins!

Image: Delhi- Agra high speed train passes through Faridabad Railway Station during a trial run on July 3, 2014.
Photographs: Shirish Shete/PTI

Its commercial operation is expected to begin in November, railway officials said.

So far, Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi was the fastest train with a speed of 150 kmph. 

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The trial run of the 'semi high-speed train' was conducted this morning on a 10-coach train. It left New Delhi station at 11.15 am and reached Agra about 99 minutes later.

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However, from Nizamuddin station, where it will actually originate during commercial operations, the train took 90 minutes, Deputy Regional Manager (DRM) Delhi Division Anurag Sachan said. 

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Image: Shatabdi Express
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The time taken currently by the Shatabdi train between Delhi and Agra takes 120 minutes.

A journey by road via the Yamuna expressway takes two hours between Delhi and Agra.

After the Delhi-Agra service, Railways are expected to run similar high speed trains on Delhi-Kanpur and Delhi-Chandigarh sections. 

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Image: Shatabdi Express
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"The trial run was conducted successfully and we hope to start commercial service by November," said Sachan who was involved in the exercise today. 

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India's fastest train covers Delhi-Agra in 90 mins!


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There are about 16 speed restriction areas and curves on the Delhi-Agra route which had been upgraded to improve the speed.

The train would come as a boon for tourists visiting Taj Mahal as the travel time between Delhi and Agra will come down by half-an-hour from the current level. 

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The public transporter is using its own resources to make operational the semi-high speed train -- the first of its kind in the railways.

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It is estimated that a cost of Rs 15 crore (Rs 150 million) would be incurred to make the track ready for the semi-high speed train, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the project.

There will be fencing for a stretch of 27-km along the track between Delhi and Agra to prevent obstruction and ensure speed. 

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