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Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
26-November-2010 13:19 IST
Speed of Mail and Express Trains
PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU

         

The maximum speed of trains in India is higher than some of the foreign countries.  However data on average speed of trains of other countries is not maintained by Indian Railways. The overall average speed including halts of mail and express trains running in the country for the year 2009-10 is 50.0 and 35.8 kilometers per hour for broad gauge and meter gauge respectively.  The increase/decrease in the speed of trains in last five years is as follows:

Year

Gauge

Speed

      Percentage Increase/Decrease

2005-06

BG

MG

47.9

36.2

1.91

8.06

2006-07

BG

MG

48.2

35.2

0.63

-2.76

2007-08

BG

MG

49.1

35.7

1.87

1.42

2008-09

BG

MG

49.9

36.0

1.63

0.84

2009-10

BG

MG

50.0

35.8

0.20

-0.56

 

            Speeding up of trains is a constant endeavour and continuous process on Indian Railways and is dependent on constant optimization of the investments made by Railways in modernization of technology, high powered locos, modern coaches (LHB, air brake, CBC) and better tracks.  Railways are also coming up with dedicated freight corridors, which would lead to segregation of freight and passenger traffic and would increase average speed of both freight and passenger trains on relevant corridors.

             This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri E. Ahamed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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