Date Of Post: 24 Nov, 2017
New Delhi: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, on thursday, met José María Oriol, the CEO of Talgo, who offered to build the light-weight, energy efficient Spanish Talgo trains in the country under the ‘Make in India’ initiative, said ministry officials. The meeting is significant as the project to introduce these trains has been in cold storage since the Indian Railways conducted trials last year to validate their speed potential.
During The Meeting
- During the meeting Oriol told Goyal that the company was open to “everything” – from manufacturing the coaches to entire train sets in India, sources said.
- A ministry official said, the minister was assured that the company supported the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign & “risked coming to India at their own cost” because they wanted to “manufacture” in the country.
Trial Runs Conducted Last Year
- During the trial run in September last year, the train clocked a top speed of 180 kmph.
- The train completed the 1,384 kilometre journey between New Delhi & Mumbai in 11 hours & 40 minutes.
Talgo Trains In India
- What made Talgo trains attractive for Indian Railways was the fact that it can be deployed on existing tracks.
- The lightweight design & advanced suspension technology allows Talgo trains to travel faster, minimises risks of accidents & puts less force on existing tracks during high-speed manoeuvre.
- Talgo trains can run at an average speed of 105 kmph on the same tracks.