Indian Railways has been making concerned efforts to upgrade its infrastructure to increase the speed of trains in its High-Density Network. Speed trial at 130 Kmph was successfully conducted at the New Jalpaiguri – Malda section of N. F. Railway.
The speed trial was conducted in both up & down directions i.e New Jalpaiguri – Malda (232 Km) & Malda – New Jalpaiguri (232 Km) section. The speed trial was conducted with a rake of 22 coaches consisting of LHB type stock including a coach for Oscillation Monitoring System. Augmentation of sectional speed has always been one of the top priorities of Indian Railways. In Northeast Frontier Railway, New Jalpaiguri – Malda Town section was targeted for raising of sectional speed from 110 Kmph to 130 Kmph. As a procedural part, Confirmatory Oscillograph Car Run (COCR) was conducted satisfactorily on 07thJanuary, 2024 prior to raising of sectional speed in the section to 130 Kmph from existing 110 Kmph. In the process, many works like increasing of super elevation, Transition Length of curves have been done so as to conform to enhanced speed incurring an amount of approximately Rs. 9 crores.
Upgradation of these infrastructures will lead to increase in operational speed of trains which will ease the travel time for passengers to a great extent. Post completion of these works, the section will be fit for introduction of 130 Kmph which will save approximately 20 minutes.