Much has been discussed about the merits and demerits of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project. The Talgo train was also tried between Delhi and Mumbai to see how it may reduce travel time.
Speeding up our railway system network-wide is a critical issue that has not been dwelt upon as even our current engines and rakes can run at least 30 kmph faster going by a very conservative estimate, without any major infrastructure upgrade beyond stringent checking of the railway track conditions.
However, there are only marginal gains to be made if one only focuses on the engine power and not the waiting time at railway signals. Therefore, a big bottleneck is the lack of any kind of optimisation in the scheduling of trains. Read More..