Equipped with an electric locomotive of 5400HP, the train began its trial run at 1000 hrs from New Delhi Station with Commissioner Railway Safety PK Vajpayee, Divisional Railway Managers (DRM) of Delhi and Agra Divisions and other senior officials involved with the semi-high speed project on board.
Railway officials said the train, which will run at a speed of 160 kmph on the Delhi-Agra route, is expected to reduce the travel time by 30 minutes from 120 minutes to 90 minutes.
The officials said an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore would be incurred to make the track ready for the semi-bullet train.
There will be fencing for a stretch of 27 km along the track between Delhi and Agra to prevent obstruction and ensure speed. There are about 16 speed restriction areas and curves on the Delhi-Agra route which are being upgraded to improve the speed, they said.
Currently, the Bhopal Shatabdi runs at speeds of up to a maximum of 150 kmph on this route.