The Spanish-made, high-speed train Talgo completed its third and final phase of trials from New Delhi to Mumbai on 1 August. However, the train arrived at its destination over three hours behind schedule.
The train commenced its final phase trial run from Delhi at 7:55pm on 31 August and arrived in Mumbai at 11:40am - over three hours behind schedule, a Western railway official said, adding that heavy rains enroute caused the delay.
The semi-high-speed train was expected to complete the journey of 1,384 km in 12 hours and 35 minutes, and was scheduled to reach the metropolis at 8:31am.
However, the train attained its maximum speed and the trial run at 130 km/hr was successful, he said.
The Talgo train runs at an average speed of around 90-100 km/hr and can attain a maximum speed of 130-150 km/hr.
The light-weight train aims to cut short the time between the two destinations by almost four hours. Presently, super-fast trains such as Rajdhani Express take around 16 hours to traverse the route.
The train consists of nine coaches, two executive class, four chair cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach for staff and equipment.