The Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) train achieved a top speed of 160 kmph during a test run on the 17 km priority section from Duhai depot to Sahibabad in Ghaziabad on Thursday. This is one of the highest speeds achieved by a domestic train.
The run was for infrastructure testing at an operating speed of 160 km/h before fully integrated test runs began in late January or early February, officials said.
“The train departed from Duhai depot and went up to Sahibabad station so we could test the speed and infrastructure like the tracks and station buildings. These test runs are being conducted before actual speed tests of the trains are conducted with a fully functional signaling system.
To simulate passenger loads during high-speed test runs, trains were tested without sandbags to be used during later test runs. (HT Photo)
In a trial run in early January, RRTS trains were tested in a speed range of 5-25 km from Duhai station to RRTS station in Ghaziabad city. The Duhai depot has four RRTS trains with a design speed of 180 kmph.
These state-of-the-art aerodynamic trains are manufactured under the Make in India initiative at their manufacturing facility in Sabli, Gujarat.
To simulate passenger loads during high-speed test runs, trains were tested without sandbags to be used during later test runs.
The country’s first 82 km long RRTS project is under construction at a cost of INR 3,027.4 billion and will connect Delhi, Ghaziabad and Meerut with high-speed RRTS train connections.
High-speed and semi-high-speed trains such as the Vande Bharat 2.0, which can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 52 seconds and can reach speeds of up to 180 km/h, have started appearing nationwide in recent years.
The 17 km section of the RRTS project in Ghaziabad has 5 stations: Sahibabad, Ghaziabad city, Guldhar, Duhai and Duhai Depot. This section is likely to open to commuters in March and the entire 82km corridor is expected to open in March 2025.
The 82 km corridor is expected to accommodate 800,000 passengers daily. The corridor has 25 stations, including 22 in Uttar Pradesh.
“Currently, we are testing our infrastructure before launching a pilot. Full system integration commissioning is likely to happen in late January or early February,” said Puneet Vats, PR Director, NCRTC.