The first trial run of the India’s fastest train on the New Delhi-Agra route was performed successfully by the Indian Railways. The train covered a distance of 200 kms in 100 minutes against the slated time of 90 minutes. Although the average speed of the train during the entire journey was 125-130 km/h, its speed reached a maximum speed of 160 kmph.
Currently, the Bhopal Shatabdi Express is India’s fastest train with a highest speed of 150 km/h. The recent exercise was just a trial and further maintenance and budget will be announced in the forthcoming Railway Budget. The New Delhi-Agra train will cut down travel time between the two cities from current 120 minutes to 90 minutes and will facilitate tourists from Delhi planning to visit the Taj Mahal.
Launching similar trains from Delhi to Kanpur, and Delhi to Chandigarh as Shatabdi trains is also under consideration.