Originally Posted by DJ bro
This is not actually an improvement.
The current WAP7 locomotive can do 200kmph max. The new Gatimaan express with the WAP5 locomotive does 160kmph.
It should be 180kmph to make it a real superfast train, forget Bullet train.
Doing high speed is not the only thing. Building infrastructure is also equally important. For instance,
For a high speed train, traction control should be automatic across all the station (no manual intervention)
The track should be fenced to prevent animals and humans and vehicles crossing it.
Remove all the railway crossings.
the banking of the tracks and the track fittings to take the load of a banked train at high speeds. (thus the requirement of lighter trains.
All this will take years to implement. Instead what has been done is procure trains that can do 200kmph but make them run at 160 and using existing infra. So I would still say it as a progress. Finally we will get to see some modern looking trains and slowly we can expect the speed to be increased from 160-170-180 and so on as the track infra develops incrementally.