Indian Railways Plans to Acquire EMU Train Sets

Indian Railways Plans to Acquire EMU Train Sets
October 15, 2012 1:42 pm | Last Update: August 30, 2015 1:46 pm

Indian Railways is planning to acquire electrical multiple unit (EMU) train sets that can operate at speeds of 130km/h – 150km/h for intercity journeys.

The trains will be used for running premier services such as Rajdhani and Shatabdi Expresses at the expected speed without any additional expenditure on existing track and signalling infrastructure.

Indian Railways said that the existing rail tracks on Rajdhani routes are suitable for running trains at up to 150km/h, but the average speed of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains is less than 90km/h due to a large number of speed restrictions and the poor acceleration of existing loco-hauled trains. The new EMU trains could comprise of 21 coaches and are expected to increase passenger capacity by 25%-30% in addition to providing faster and safer movement.

According to Indian Railways, EMU trains would reduce the journey time between Howrah in West Bengal to the country’s capital New Delhi to three hours.

Equipped with three-phase modern IGBT technology, the new EMU trains are claimed to significantly reduce maintenance requirements. Each EMU train set is expected to cost INR2bn ($37.6m). is a railway information and news platform. Website presents from all around the world railway sector news, developments, projects and tender for the sector specialists. Railwaynews supports to industry events and announced them for potential participants. Railwaynews plans to collecting data from all around the world, about railway infrastructure, rolling stock, railway transportation datum, geographical datum to present for railway professionals for short term. Railwaynews will build new platforms aims to high value railway business environment for all railway specialists, railway fans and especially railway suppliers and their decision makers. Railwaynews presents whole information from rail professionals to rail professionals.

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