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Indian Railways (IR) has started the first trial run of a nine-coach semi-high-speed train, imported from Spain and manufactured by Madrid-based Talgo. If successful, it would put India into a select club of nations with operational semi-high speed capacity of 160-200 km per hour.
The train ran between Bareilly and Moradabad, hauled by a 4,500 horse power engine. ´The speed of the trial was 115 kmph. It will be increased to 200 kmph on the Mathura-Palwal section and more than 200 kmph during trials on the Delhi-Mumbai route,´ a senior rail ministry official told the Business Standard newspaper. The trial will last for two weeks. On the first day, the train carried two executive class and four chair car coaches, one cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach with equipment.