India will launch ‘tilting trains’ by 2026: The Indian Railway department is all set to bring tilting trains in the country by 2025-26. The technology will be used in manufacturing almost 100 Vande Bharat trains.
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The technology will enable trains to maneuver curves at higher speeds, just as a motorbike on a winding road, reported PTI citing a senior official on Friday. He said 100 of the 400 Vande Bharat trains to be manufactured by 2025 will have this technology.
Tilting trains: Mechanism enables higher speed on regular broad-gauge tracks, which tilt while undergoing a curve on the track. Such trains are now operational in 11 countries — Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic, the UK, Switzerland, China, Germany and Romania.
Explaining how such trains work, an official said as a train rounds a curve at speed, it cause objects to slide about. While it makes the seated passengers feel squashed by the armrest, standing passengers tend to lose their balance.