Maha: In a first, 2 Vande Bharat trains scale steepest ghats without locomotives

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off two Vande Bharat trains in Maharashtra. These trains are additionally going to be the primary that may ascend the 2 steep Ghats or mountainous sections close to Mumbai with out utilizing further locomotives. 

That’s proper. 

That is the primary time trains shall be climbing the Sahyadri Ghats with out further locomotives. The trains for Sainagar Shirdi and Solapur efficiently negotiated the Thal Ghat and Bhor Ghat, respectively, with out `bankers’ or further locomotives offering them additional push within the rear.

The trains have been flagged off from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai. 

Notably, each the Ghats, with a gradient of 1:37 (for each 37-metre run there’s a rise of 1 metre), are among the many steepest and the hardest within the county.

All trains, be it items trains or passenger ones, are hauled up by further locomotives from the Mumbai facet when passing via these Ghats. However throughout trials, the brand new Vande Bharat Categorical trains manufactured on the Integral Coach Manufacturing facility in Chennai efficiently ascended and descended the Ghats with out bankers. 

A senior railway officer informed PTI mentioned that alternate coaches of the Vande Bharat trains operating on each the routes have been fitted with parking brakes to make sure that the trains don’t roll down in case of any eventuality like energy failure within the Ghats. 

Business runs of those semi high-speed trains will begin from Saturday. To chop journey time, the railway authorities determined to run them with out bankers via the Ghats, as attaching further locomotives takes a couple of minutes. The Sainagar Shirdi-bound Vande Bharat Categorical will journey via the 14-km Thal Ghat (additionally known as Kasara Ghat) between Kasara-Igatpuri. 

The Solapur-bound Vande Bharat Categorical will run via the 25-km Bhor Ghat (additionally known as Khandala Ghat) between Karjat-Lonavla part. The Vande Bharat Categorical between Mumbai and Solapur will cowl the space of round 450 km in 6.35 hours. 

The Mumbai-Shirdi high-speed practice is anticipated to cowl the space of round 340 km in 5.25 hours. Each the Ghats have a number of tunnels and excessive viaducts.

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