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Speeding up trains on Indian Railways: Superfast must be redefined.

Authors: Dr. V. V. Ravi Kumar

Journal: Economic and Political Weekly

Publication date: 2015

Publisher: Economic and Political Weekly

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The Indian Railways has big plans for speeding up its trains. It has invited foreign collaboration to kick-start high-speed trains. However, its current crop of trains labelled as superfast just cruise along at an average speed of 55 kilometres per hour, but collect a superfast surcharge. Given the current levels of technology and fully electrifi ed double lines, this low threshold needs to be raised to deliver tangible time benefi ts to passengers.