golden rail corrider

At present the train travel time from Mumbai to Delhi runs 16 hours.

Train travel time between the national and the commercial capitals of India could soon come down by at least half to only seven hours.  The infrastructure for the Golden Rail Corridor, which will have trains running at semihigh speed (160-200 kmph) between New Delhi and Mumbai, is likely to cost around Rs 5,000 crore, according to railway officials.  They say the cost is relatively low as the railways will not have to acquire land for the project.

Once the project takes off, the New Delhi-Mumbai travel time will be reduced to six to seven hours. At present, Rajdhani Express, the fastest train on the Indian railway, runs at 120-130 kmph and takes at least 16 hours to cover a distance of 1,400 km between the two cities.

Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, WR, said, “A delegation from the Japanese government that visited India last week is satisfied as far as the commercial viability of the project is concerned. Another team will soon visit the country to study the technical aspects of the project.”

A high-speed train runs above 250 km/hour, for which separate infrastructure, including the tracks, is required. For this, land acquisition is necessary. “These semi-high speed trains will run on existing tracks, so land need not be acquired. No major changes need to be made in the existing track design. The loop design (at points and crossings), however, will have to be modified to ensure that the train is able to change the track at a speed of 100 kmph or above. As of now, trains are not allowed to go beyond 30 kmph while changing tracks,” he said.

Conventional engine and coaches will not be used for this corridor. Chandrayan said, “State-of-the-art rakes will be used on this corridor that will have Electric Multiple Unit (EMU)-type distributed power system that assists faster acceleration and deceleration.”

Unlike conventional long distance trains, an EMU requires no separate locomotives as electric traction motors are installed in one of the carriages. The signalling system will also be different for the semi-high speed train.

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Via Times of India