Can the existing tracks handle high-speed trains! Southern Railways conducts trials

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Chennai ( Metro Rail News ) – In a recent, Southern Railway has started to assess railway tracks to find out if they are fit for operating trains that will run at speeds above 130kmph.

A three-coach train fitted with oscillation monitoring system (OMS) sensors to check swaying motion of coaches and strength of tracks was run at high speed between Chennai Central and Gudur on Tuesday. The test run will be done on Chennai-Arakonam-Renigunta stretch on Wednesday.

“The test train touched 135kmph on Tuesday. Similar runs will be done a few times this month on these two routes and probably on other major routes. The shutdown and the suspension of train services have come in handy,” said an official. The series of tests will check the impact on coaches and tracks when the train is run at speeds of up to 143kmph.
The sensor will check the extent of vertical jolt and lateral acceleration of the coaches so that riding comfort can be gauged and improved by making changes and repairs to the tracks.

At present, the tracks can handle trains that run at 110kmph. “When changes, if any, are made, this can be increased to 135kmph without compromising the riding comfort of passengers,” said an official was stated saying. He said the OCM test was being done to find out the fitness of tracks.

The tests assume importance, as the stretches selected, are two main routes taken by express trains to western and northern destinations from the city. Private trains, which are expected to start running in two to three years, are expected to run on these routes. Railways are also looking at a possibility to run semi high-speed trains on Chennai-Bengaluru route.

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