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Kannur: A preliminary speed test was carried out on Wednesday to estimate the timings for the Vande Bharat train in Kerala, as part of the preparations for its upcoming run. A special saloon and a MEMU wagon were used in the test, and the final speed test will be conducted with a Vande Bharat rake. The MEMU was run at the speed of the Vande Bharat train.
The railway authorities have instructed to conduct the tests from Kannur to Shoranur and back, with a focus on identifying areas where the speed is less than the basic speed of 100-110 km per hour.
Recently, a special saloon with a single inspection car carrying Palakkad DRM Yashpal Singh Tomar reached Shoranur from Mangaluru in just four hours. The train made brief stops at Kannur, Kozhikode, and Tirur stations, for three minutes. In comparison, regular mail and express trains take at least six hours to cover the same distance.
Meanwhile, a Vande Bharat train is scheduled to arrive in Kerala on Friday for further testing. Railway sources have stated that the test run will be conducted soon.
However, it should be noted that the Vande Bharat train will not be able to achieve its maximum designed speed of 160 km per hour on Kerala's tracks due to the presence of curves and lack of automated signalling. Instead, it will operate at a similar speed as Jan Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains, with a maximum speed of around 110 km per hour in the northern districts.