Railways will have to make major changes in its entire network for the Vande Bharat train being converted from diesel to electric locomotive. This is because Vande Bharat train consumes twice as much electricity as compared to normal electric trains. This system has been implemented in many countries where high speed passenger trains run. These countries include China, Japan, France and South Africa. If the Railways plans to run Vande Bharat trains in its entire network, then major changes will have to be made in the entire network and more and more electricity will also be required.
Vande Bharat train will soon get electric engine
The existing overhead lines may find it difficult to meet the future demand for simultaneous high-speed trains. Hence it has been decided to upgrade the overhead wires. Recently, Railways had floated a tender for 1650 km of track between Delhi and Mughalsarai at a cost of Rs 1,140 crore. Railways have to bring 247 broad gauge networks to the electricity network completely by 2023. In this direction, it has been successful on 52,247 km route out of 65,414 km network till April this year.
This is the specialty of Vande Bharat train
The 16-coach Shatabdi train has a locomotive at one end, which provides about 6,000 horsepower, while the Vande Bharat train consists of eight motorized coaches, providing about 12,000 horsepower to the train. Therefore, working on the network for Vande Bharat train is also a big challenge.
What is special in the new Vande Bharat train
The new Vande Bharat Express has caught the speed of 100 kmph in just 52 seconds in train testing. Whereas the old train took 54.6 seconds to achieve this speed. The Railway Minister said that the weight of the new train has also been reduced by 38 tonnes. He said that the new train can accelerate to 160 kmph in 130 seconds while the old version train took 146 seconds to achieve this speed. Vaishnav said, we aim to start regular production starting from October. Under this, two to three trains will be produced every month. After this, this capacity will be increased to five to eight trains per month. He said that most of the trains will be produced at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai.