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India plans to develop indigenous trains for high-speed Mumbai–Ahmadabad line

25 June 2024
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The Vande Bharat EMU arrives to the Bengaluru rail terminal
The Vande Bharat EMU arrives to the Bengaluru rail terminal. Source: wikipedia
Ivolgina Anna, Editorial Contributor to International Projects, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency
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Sotnikov Kirill, Editorial Contributor

India: The Ministry of Railways commissioned the ICF plant in Chennai, part of the Indian Railways, to develop two prototypes of such trains by March 2025.

The eight-car trainsets are to be based on the national Indian platform Vande Bharat. The steel-bodied EMUs will have a designed speed of 250 km/h and be able to operate on 1,435 mm-gauge lines.

The ICF ex-general manager Sudhanshu Mani, who led the development of the first Vande Bharats, has said to the Indian media that it’s impossible to manufacture a vehicle on such short notice. According to him, it would take three or four years.

The Mumbai–Ahmadabad line project is carried out with the Japanese financial assistance. Thus, 24 trains to operate with a maximum speed of 320 km/h will be purchased from Hitachi Rail and Kawasaki. The tender process is currently underway. The line’s launch is scheduled for 2026.

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