A high-speed train trial was conducted with the help of a special train between Katpadi and Villupuram stations on Friday afternoon.
Talking to reporters before the trial run, G. Narayanan, Additional General Manager, Southern Railway, Chennai, said that trains on the Katpadi-Villupuram route were at present running at a low speed. The high-speed train trial was being conducted in response to frequent requests from passengers’ associations and MPs to run high-speed trains on the route. “We will run the train at a speed of up to 110 km per hour and assess the vibration of the train with special instruments. After the trial, we will submit a report to the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Bangalore. If the Commissioner approves of the speed, we will be able to operate high-speed trains on this route, with the speed being increased to above 100 km per hour and up to 110 km per hour,” he said.
Manjula Rangarajan, Divisional Railway Manager, Southern Railway, Tiruchirapalli Division, was present during the trial.
The trial train which left Katpadi at 2.35 p.m. reached Villupuram at 4.35 p.m., running at a speed of 110 km per hour, according to the Public Relations Officer, Southern Railway, Tiruchirapalli Division.