The sixth and final trial for Gatimaan Express, the first semi high-speed train service between Delhi and Agra, was completed on Tuesday, during which the train covered the 195-km journey in 115 minutes, clocking a maximum speed of 160-plus kmph. Prime Minister Narednra Modi is expected to flag off the train, touted to be the country’s fastest, in the second week of June.
Equipped with a 5,400HP electric locomotive and 12 modern coaches, the train, however, arrived 10 minutes late as it was expected to cover the journey in about 105 minutes.
Bhupinder Dhillon, public relations officer for divisional railway manager (DRM), Agra, told TOI, “It was the last trial run of Gatimaan Express, which was conducted by the maintenance department of Northern Railway. So, now we can expect the train to be flagged off soon.”
Another senior official said, “The clearance from CRS is expected any time and we are gearing up to launch the train. Plans are afoot to have the PM flag off the train in the second week of this month.” Railways is celebrating Modi government’s completion of one year in office with a fortnight of programmes from May 26 to June 9.