Much awaited High speed train touches the track in Mumbai with a timing of 12 hours 35 minutes after a delay of one hour due to rains. Talgo, the high speed, lightweight Spanish-made trains were put for a trial run on the Delhi-Mumbai route by the Indian Railways to gauge its efficiency. The train runs at an average speed of around 90-100 km/hr and can attain a maximum speed of 130-150 km/hr. The train has nine coaches which include two executive class coaches, four general class coaches, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach. The executive class is the premium coach with 20 seats in each coach. The premium seats are spacious and provide ample leg space. There is a wooden pull-out table for keeping food and other items. The luggage space on top of the seats is also very spacious. There are also television sets on top for displaying information about train speed, location, etc. The aisle area has ample room for movement. It is one more step in the right direction in the Indian Railways. We are all now eyeing the Bullet Trains in the Mumbai-Ahemedabad corridor soon. Talgo is a marvel for the rail passengers.
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