Headline • Rajiv Saxena gets interim bail till Feb 22 • Vadra wrote on Facebook, handed Priyanka to the people of India, please keep them safe.• J&K : Attack on CRPF team, 7 security personnel and 4 civilians injured• State strike in Uttar Pradesh is illegal: Allahabad High Court• Mamata Banerjee declares victory on Supreme Court order in West Bengal• Tension in Meerut area after breaking Ambedkar statue• INDvsNZ : India won the series 4-1• I will leave politics even after Modi's retirement : Smriti Irani• Don Ravi Pujari arrested from African country Senegal• "I will be back soon" Union Minister Arun Jaitley• Report of the NSSO's unemployment, at the high level of 45 years• Modi government can give big gift to farmers• Akhilesh welcomes Priyanka Gandhi's political entry• Republic Day 2019 : India's power demonstration on Rajpath• Roach put England on 77 runs• DU plans to curb fake filing• Aadhar, Government is bringing re-entry amendments to private companies• Supreme Court: Children of Muslim-Hindu couple entitled to father's property• Priyanka Gandhi formally entered politics• Soundarya Rajinikanth will get married to actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudi • Signing of $ 3 billion bailout package between Pakistan and UAE• BJP cancels Narendra Modi's rally in Kolkata• Who has seen that film: Kangana Ranaut on Hrithik Roshan's Mohenjo Daro• Harris joins 2020 U.S. Presidential race• Accused Mehul Choksi surrenders his Indian passport

Gatimaan Express flagged off, Suresh Prabhu calls it a 'proud moment'

With band bajaa sans baarat and shehnai playing in the background, India's fastest train, Gatimaan Express for Agra from Nizamuddin station was flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. Running at 160 kms per hour, it is currently the fastest train in India.

An excited Ministry of Railways tweeted: The launch of this heralds a new era of high speed rail travel in India.

Initial plans was to launch the the Gatimaan semi-high speed service on the same route in 90 minutes.

However, the speed obstacles during the trial runs put a brake on the plan and it was relaxed to 100 minutes.

The originating station too was then changed from New Delhi to Nizamuddin. Tracks have been tilted at a few places to negotiate curves at higher speeds.

There is no single global standard in excess of 250 km per hour for high speed rail. Existing lines in excess of 200 km per hour are widely considered to be high-speed, with some extending the definition to include much lower speeds (e.g. 160 km/h) in areas for which these speeds still represent significant improvements.

Gatimaan Express is the first semi-high speed service in railways that runs at a speed of 160 kmph and is expected to cover the 200 km distance in 100 minutes. In other words, it is a semi-bullet train.

The Shatabdi Express, the fastest train in the country until Gatimaan Express, cover the same route of 192-km distance between Delhi and Agra in 118 minutes.

Related News