High-speed trains: Indian Railways to lay 20 km-long trial track

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In a first for Indian Railway, the public sector transporter is laying a 20 km-long test track, equipped with a state-of-the-art laboratory, near Raipur for trial of high-speed and regular trains it plans to introduce.

Besides new locomotives and coaches, the test track will also be used for trial of high axle load wagons.
Currently, the trial of new trains are conducted on the existing rail network causing traffic delays, said a senior

Railway Ministry official, adding the tracks are not equipped to help simulation of all test conditions. Test tracks are used for trial run of new trains in countries, including the US, Japan and South Korea.

In India, a section of the railway network is cordoned off and no train movement is allowed whenever a new train is put on trial run, causing traffic diversion and delay in operations. More info

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