Southern Railway conducted a speed trial on the Katpadi—Villupuram section on Friday. The train was run at a maximum speed of 110 km per hour.

Sources said that as a precautionary measure and to ensure safety on the 160-km route, gatemen were posted at all unmanned level-crossing.

The trial run of the train hauling four coaches was completed successfully.

A track recording device installed in the inspection car checked all the parameters.

After analysing the data, the speed of trains running on this section would be increased from 35-40 km per hour to 75-90 km per hour.