India’s fastest train completes final test run in record time

Agra: The sixth and final trial for Gatimaan Express, the first semi high-speed train service between Delhi and Agra, was completed on Tuesday, during which the train covered the 195-km journey in 115 minutes, clocking a maximum speed of 160-plus kmph.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to flag off the train, touted to be the country’s fastest, in the second week of June.

Equipped with a 5,400HP electric locomotive and 12 modern coaches, the train, however, arrived 10 minutes late as it was expected to cover the journey in about 105 minutes.

On Tuesday, the train, which has no stoppages in its 195-km route, began its journey from New Delhi station at 11.15 am and arrived at Agra Catt station at 1.10 pm, 10 minutes later than its correct time.

On its journey back, the train started from Agra Cantt at 2.20pm and reached Delhi at 4.25pm, taking a total time of 2 hours 25 minutes. Interestingly, the current fastest train, Bhopal Shatabdi, takes 2 hours six minutes to cover the same distance, including a two-minute halt at Mathura.

The running schedule of the train, as well as its fare, has already been decided by the Railway authorities. The fare for Gatimaan Express will be 25% more than what a Shatabdi passenger has to pay.

One-way fare of the air-conditioned chair car has been fixed at Rs 690, while a passenger will be required to spend Rs 1,365 for the executive class.

For Shatabadi, a passenger is required to pay Rs 540 for a chair car seat and Rs 1,040 for the executive class.

The train is expected to start from New Delhi at 8 am and reach Agra by 9.45 am.

On its journey back, the train will start from Agra at 5.30 pm are reach Delhi at 7.15 pm.


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