More Gatimaan Express, Vande Bharat trains soon? Get ready for 160 kmph travel with this Indian Railways step

More Gatimaan Express, Vande Bharat Express-style trains soon? Look forward to more semi-high speed trains with Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways betting big on the commissioning of Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs).

Anurag Sachan, MD, DFCCIL was quoted in a PTI report saying that when 70 per cent of the Indian Railways traffic will migrate to the DFC system, more number of semi-high speed passenger trains such as Vande Bharat Express and Gatimaan Express can be operated on the Indian Railways network.

At present, the passenger trains of the Indian Railways network cannot run at more than 60-70 km per hour, because the same track is being utilised for the transportation of goods as well.

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These trains which are being used for the transportation of goods, are running at an average speed of 25 km per hour.

Gatimaan Express is Indian Railways’ fastest train, attaining speeds of 160 kmph between Delhi and Agra. Vande Bharat Express, a world-class engine-less train has the potential to hit 180 kmph, but the maximum operational speed on its routes is 130 kmph. Both trains offer speed, travel comfort and punctuality to passsengers.

Meanwhile, the Dedicated freight corridor aims to decongest 70 per cent of the Indian Railways freight load. The DFC project on the Indian Railways network, which is being implemented by the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL), is looking to decongest almost 70 per cent of the overall freight load, which could be better utilized for the efficient operations of passenger trains.

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According to Sachan, the trains operating on the DFC network have been planned for attaining the operational speed of 100 km per hour and the section will be totally dedicated for the movement of freight transport.

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