Indian Railway network is Asia’s second-biggest railway network and it’s fourth-largest in the world, with almost 2.5 crore passengers travelling daily on an average basis, it is equivalent to the whole the Australian population itself. It is also one of the oldest railway transports in the world and it can be regarded as one of the cheapest modes of transport for long journeys. Since its inception in 1853 under the supervision of British Government, Indian railway has come along way. It is now owned by the Government of India and every year it gets its own budget.
Due to various technological revolution in the past century trains have become faster and safer than ever before. Thus, it has become quite interesting to know about the fastest trains in India along with their respective speeds. These trains basically act as nervous system in the body of the nation. Thus effective they are better it is for the development of the whole country.
These were some of the fastest Indian trains along with their maximum speeds. However, due to ambiguous data, we were not able to mention them in a list accordingly. A few more trains of Indian Railways that are really fast and efficient are Mumbai-Ahmedabad Double Decker Express, Mumbai CST Suvidha Superfast Express, Humsafar Express, Uday Express, Rajdhani Express, Shatabadi Express. Here’s a list about the fastest Indian trains with their respective top speed.
1) Vande Bharat Express (180 km/h):
This train is said to be the successor of old trains like Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express and it is currently the fastest train in India with the top speed of 180 km/h. But due to certain safety reasons, its speed is kept around 140 km/h. It is a semi-high speed intercity electric multiple units. Its Train Number is 22439 and it goes from Delhi to Katra. Its current owner is Indian Railways. It is well-equipped with facilities like CCTV cameras, smoke alarms, odour control system, sensor-based water taps, automatic doors etc. It started functioning on 23rd February 2019.
2) Tejas Express (180 km/h):
This train has the same speed as Vande Bharat Express but the difference lies in the average operating speed of Tejas Express which is around 130 km/h as compared to 140 km/h speed of the Vande Bharat. It became operational on 24th May 2017 and it is India’s first semi-high speed fully air-conditioned train. It offers modern onboard facilities like LED tv’s, electric outlets, CCTV cameras, hand dryers, sensor-based water taps etc.
Tejas basically refers to “sharp”, “lustre” and “brilliance” in many Indian languages. It covers a distance of 552 km. It runs from Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai to Karmali, Goa. Another (2nd) Tejas Express became functional on 1st March and it runs over 497 kilometres from Chennai Egmore to Madurai Junction in Tamil Nadu. It takes a total of 6 hours and 18 minutes to complete the journey.
3) Gatimaan Express (160 km/h):
This train runs from Delhi and Jhansi. It is India’s First Semi-High Speed Train. It connects famous tourist places that are Delhi, Agra, Gwalior and Jhansi. It just takes 100 minutes to reach Agra from Delhi and it covers a distance of 403km approximately. Its Train Number(s) is 12049/12050. Facilities like Wi-Fi, North and South cuisine are available on this express. It started functioning on 5th April 2018. It also has facilities like smoke alarms, overhead racks etc.
4) New Delhi-Bhopal Habibganj Shatabdi Express (150 km/h):
It is a train operated by Northern Railway and it runs from New Delhi-Habibganj (a sub-urban railway station of Bhopal city). Its complete route is from New Delhi-Mathura Junction-Agra Cantonment-Morena-Gwalior-Jhansi Junction-Lalitpur Junction-Bhopal Junction-Habibganj. It started service on 14th November 1988 that is on former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru’s birthday. This train doesn’t have any pantry car coach but still one can get drinks like tea/coffee etc. Its Train Number(s) is 12001/12002.
5) Mumbai – New Delhi Rajdhani Express & New Delhi – Kanpur Shatabdi Express (140 km/h):
Both trains have a tie in terms of speed that is 140 km/h but the distance covered by both these trains is different. The Rajdhani covers a distance of 1384 km and Shatabdi covers a distance of 437 km. The former started its service on 17th May 1972 and the latter started its service on 7th February 2010. The former has one pantry car coach whereas the latter doesn’t have one. We put them in the same section because in this article we are only concerned with the speeds.
6) Sealdah-New Delhi Duronto Express (135km/h):
Overall, this train is the fourth fastest train in India but in Duronto category, this train is the fastest of all. It was started on 18th September 2009. Unlike the above express, it does have a pantry car coach. Its Train Number is 12259. It runs between New Delhi and Kolkata. It comes under the eastern railway zone. It has three different classes that are AC 1st Class, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tie.
7) Delhi Airport Metro Express (132 km/h):
It is a Metro line that runs from New Delhi Metro Station to Dwarka. It is also known for linking Indira Gandhi International Airport. The line was opened on 23 February 2011. It is jointly owned by reliance industries and CAF. The total length of this line is 22.7 km. Its most part is underground and some remaining is between Buddha Jayanti Park and Mahipalpur.
8) Mumbai LTT – H.Nizamuddin AC Superfast Express (130 km/h):
It is an AC Superfast Express which started functioning on 30th October 2013. It comes under Central Railways. It starts from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and stops at Hazrat Nizamuddin station after crossing 9 stops. It travels a distance of 1,521 km. It has 3 onboard services that are AC 1st class, AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier. It also has one pantry car coach. The journey takes approximately 19 hours. Its Train Number(s) is 22109/10. It runs through junctions like Kalyan Junction, Nasik Junction, Gwalior Junction.
9) Bandra Terminus–Hazrat Nizamuddin Garib Rath Express(130 km/h):
This train runs via Surat, Vadodara Junction, Kota Junction, to Hazrat Nizamuddin and vice-versa. This train has the same speed as Mumbai LTT – H.Nizamuddin AC Superfast Express but it lags in the average speed. This train has classes like AC 3 tier, AV Chair Car. But it doesn’t have any pantry car coach. This train started functioning on 22nd February 2007. It passes through 8 stops in its journey. It covers a distance of 1,366 km and it takes an average time of 16 hours and 45 minutes to complete the journey. It comes under Western railways.
10) Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi Express (130 km/h):
This 12019/20 train is a Superfast express train of the Shatabdi Express. It belongs to the Eastern Railway Zone of Indian Railways. This train runs from Howrah Junction to Ranchi Junction and vice-versa. The Howrah Junction comes in West Bengal and the Ranchi Junction comes in Jharkhand state. This is one of the oldest Shatabdi trains in India as it started its service on 1st July 1995. It travels a total distance of 426 km taking an average time of 6 hours and 40 minutes approximately. In this train, no pantry coach is attached. Presently, it has 7 AC Chair Car and 2 End on Generator and catering is arranged onboard in train.
11) Howrah Anand Vihar Yuva Express (130 km/h):
This is also a superfast train of Indian Railways which connects Kolkata (capital of West Bengal) to Anand Vihar Terminal in Delhi. It was inaugurated by former railway minister Mamta Banerjee who is now the Chief Minister of West Bengal in order to facilitate journey between the two metro cities. It started its service on 30th December 2009. It consists of 10 AC Chair Car Coaches with 5 AC 3 Tier Coaches ANd with 2 End-on-generation vans. It covers a distance of 1447 km in approximately 20 hours and 30 minutes.
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