Mumbai: Trains tested at high speed on Kalyan-Kasara stretch

By Shashank Rao  www.mid-day.com

Seven years ago when the new violet-white trains of Siemens make were introduced, rail authorities encountered a peculiar problem after two coaches separated during tests while the train was in motion.

The trains are being used after rectifications. Now, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), which is procuring new trains of Bombardier make, is also holding special tests on couplers (which join coaches), to verify if they are capable of keeping two coaches together at high speeds.

These tests — which was also conducted late yesterday night and early morning today — will be held on the Kalyan-Kasara stretch, which is said to be one of the worst routes, and therefore, ideal for testing trains. “This route has steep turns, higher gradients and is ideal for testing new trains under bad conditions at high speeds,” said an official from MRVC. More info

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