As a Diwali gift to its passengers, the Indian
Railways is planning to run a faster Rajdhani Express on the Delhi-Mumbai line
that will cover the distance of 1,377 kms in less than 13 hours and 30 minutes.
According to official letter accessed by India.com, the 18 Linke Hofmann
Busch (LBH) coaches train will run at the maximum speed of 150 kmph. The train
will originate from Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi and terminate at Bandra/Mumbai
Central. The train would have a stoppage of 8-10 minutes at Ratlam fir operational
purposes only — for change of crew and watering of trains.
The train would run at the maximum speed of 150 kmph
between Hazrat Nizamuddin and Mathura and at 130 kmph from Mathura to
Bandra/Mumbai Central. The 18 LBH coaches will comprise of an FAC (fuel adjustment
component), 3 ACCW, 1 pantry car, 2 power cars and 11 ACCNs.
All the formalities are
scheduled to be completed by October 15. The trial would be done in the last
week of September.
This will be the third Rajdhani
on the route. Presently, the route is served by two Rajdhani Express trains–
the August Kranti Rajdhani and the Mumbai Central-New Delhi Rajdhani. While the
August Kranti Rajdhani takes around 17 hours 05 minutes, the Mumbai Central-New
Delhi Rajdhani train takes around 15 hours 35 minutes.
The Mumbai Rajdhani has a
sanctioned speed of 130 kmph. But due to numerous curves and speed restrictions
on the route, its average speed comes down to about 89 kmph.