The speed limit for trains in many sections in and near Bengaluru has been increased from 100 km/hr to 110 km/hour by the South Western Railways (SWR) division. This decision was taken after the recent and ongoing track renewal works. The latest stretch which saw this upgradation was the section between Yelahanka and Chikkaballapur, which is around 50 km in length. A trial run on this stretch under the observation of the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Bengaluru Division was carried out on Monday, November 9.
The railways said that the section was opened in 1996, with trains running at 50 km/hr; the speed limit was increased to 75 km/hr in 2007. After a gap of 13 years, the section has been upgraded to run trains from 100 km/hr to 110 km/hr.
The other sections in the SWR which have been upgraded to run trains at 110 km/ hr are:
1) Baiyappanahalli - Dharmavaram (177 km)
2) Penukonda - Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam- Dharmavaram (53 km)
3) KSR Bengaluru - Jolarpettai (Double Line) (281 km)
4) Yesvantpur - Tumakuru (Double Line) (128 km)
5) Birur - Chikjajur (68 km)
6) Londa - Miraj (186 km)
7) Sanvordem - Vasco da Gama (19 km)
A statement from the SWR said, ‚ÄúAll requirements for faster trains like increase in super-elevation at curves, correction of transition length, through tamping, attending points and crossings with track machines named UNIMAT have been completed. Recouping of Ballast to maintain cushion, recouping missing permanent way fittings are also being done to facilitate faster trains.‚ÄĚ Ajay Kumar Singh, the General Manager of the Division said that the zone is focusing on eliminating speed restrictions to a minimum to improve the speed of trains.
The SWR on Monday had also tweeted a video of a Londa-Miraj line passing the ‚Äėno water spill‚Äô test.
Yet another route of South Western Railway clearing glass full of water challenge in firing colors.‚ÄĒ South Western Railway (@SWRRLY) November 9, 2020
The route between Londa and Miraj is now fit for running trains above speeds of 125 Kmph. @RailMinIndia @PiyushGoyalOffc pic.twitter.com/IbjOWN4gMz
This comes after Piyush Goyal, union Minister for Railways, at the end of October had tweeted one such video of a trial run of a track between Bengaluru and Mysuru. A glass of water, filled to its brim, was kept on the table of a coach. Even as the train was travelling at a high speed, reportedly over 100 kilometres per hour, not a single drop of water spilled out of the glass.