In recent years, Indian Railways has significantly enhanced the comfort and speed of train travel. The semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express is now operational across much of the country, elevating the travel experience for passengers.

Vande Bharat Express: Speed and Efficiency

The Vande Bharat Express can reach speeds of up to 180 km/h, though it currently operates at 160 km/h. Indian Railways is now gearing up for its next big leap: running trains at a superfast speed of 250 km/h. For this ambitious project, assistance from various countries might be sought.

Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory to Develop High-Speed Trains

The Ministry of Railways has directed the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai to develop two high-speed trains capable of reaching 250 km/h.

This directive was issued on June 4, the day of the Lok Sabha election results, and is part of the production scheme for the fiscal year 2024-25.

These high-speed trains will have steel bodies, a top speed of 250 km/h, and a running speed of 220 km/h. They will be built on standard gauge.

New Trains to be Developed on Vande Bharat Platform

According to railway officials, these new high-speed trains will be developed on the Vande Bharat platform, which will also enhance the speed of the existing Vande Bharat Express.

The new trains will feature eight coaches. Since last year, Indian Railways has been developing a test track in Rajasthan for standard gauge trains.

This track will be used for testing the new high-speed trains. Given that standard gauge is used worldwide, there are plans to develop Vande Bharat trains on this gauge for easier export.

Global High-Speed Train Landscape

Countries like Japan, France, Italy, the UK, Taiwan, Germany, China, Spain, South Korea, and Russia have long been pioneers in high-speed rail.

Japan’s Shinkansen, also known as the Bullet Train, can reach speeds of 320 km/h and has been operational since 1964.

France’s TGV, Italy’s Frecciarossa, the UK’s Eurostar and HS2, Taiwan’s High-Speed Rail, and Germany’s Inter City Express all reach speeds of around 300 km/h.

China’s CRH380A train operates at a stunning 380 km/h, boasting the world’s largest high-speed rail network.

Spain’s AVE and South Korea’s KTX also operate at impressive speeds of 310 km/h and 305 km/h, respectively.

Russia’s Sapsan train reaches speeds of up to 250 km/h.

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