India’s fastest train Vande Bharat achieves 130 kmph speed during inaugural run

NEW DELHI: The Vande Bharat Express, billed as India’s fastest train, which hit 180 kmph during trials, has been able to attain a maximum speed of 130 kmph during its inaugural run between Delhi and Varanasi, officials said on Friday.

Once India’s fastest, the Gatimaan Express, which runs between Delhi and Agra with a maximum speed of 160 kmph and an average of 112 kmph, has now receded to the second place.

“The maximum speed on this route would be 130 kmph and the average speed would around 95 kmph,” said Girish Pillai, Member, Traffic, Railway Board.

Its acceleration and deceleration are different compared to other trains, he said.

“The train has the capacity to run at 160 kmph. It ran at 180 kmph during trial. The maximum speed of this section is 130 kmph so it will run at 130 kmph,” Pillai added. (AGENCIES)