India’s fastest train at 160 km per hour will run between Agra and Delhi as Gatiman Express from November 10, 2014 as the trials are successful with one more pending next week.
The officials at the Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory told IANS that the train is ready with the first rake of 17 coaches for the train and the exact date will be announced by the Railway Board in New Delhi.
"The rake with 17 coaches, specially manufactured, will roll out from our factory during the first week of November," he said.
Even the work on the train’s track has been done at a brisk pace and so far two trials have been conducted and one more trial is likely to be conducted early next week, said officials of the divisional railway office in Agra.
"We are confident everything will be in place before Nov 10 as far as our preparations are concerned," said one senior official not wishing his name to be quoted.
In order to cope with the high speed, engineers have installed a smoke and fire detection system and automatic sliding doors in the train to reduce the overall weight, he said. A Wi-Fi system will be installed later, the official said.
The train will bring down the current distance between Agra and Delhi from 3 hours to around 90 minutes.