Kerala’s Semi High Speed trains to run on standard gauge railway tracks
Thrissur: Semi High Speed rail corridor stretching from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod is Kerala’s ambitious project which is earmarked at Rs 60,000 crore. In a major development in the project, it is reported that standard gauge railway tracks will be used for it.
Standard gauge railway which has 1.435 metre distance between the tracks are widely used in foreign countries.
Compared to Broad gauge railway used at present in Kerala, standard gauge railway is less wider.
Standard gauge railway was used for the construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train route and New Delhi-Meerut rapid rail system. Following these successful constructions, the government has decided to use standard gauge for Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod rail corridor.
Train coaches and engines to operate on these tracks will be imported. Bullet trains which run at 300 km per hour will only take service through standard gauge railway tracks.
Compared to other tracks, standard gauge railway tracks will not have signal posts. Replacing the signal posts, the loco pilot will have an alert system inside the engine cabin.
Kerala Rail Development Corporation Managaing Director V Ajith Kumar stated that Standard gauge railway tracks have the best quality.
“Compared to broad gauge, trains will not have much jerking. As it is narrow, only less land will be used for track work,” he added.