The Indian Railways successfully conducted the trial run of South India’s first Vande Bharat Express from Chennai to Mysuru via Bengaluru on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the train from Bengaluru on November 11. It will be the first such indigenously-built high-speed rail in the southern part of India and the country’s fifth.
The train departed from Dr MGR Chennai Central railway station at 5.50 am and reached Mysuru at 12.13 pm with stoppages at Katpadi and KSR Bengaluru. It ran with the speed of 110 kmph between Bengaluru and Mysuru while it clocked 110 kmph between Bengaluru and Jolarpettai in Tamil Nadu, as per media reports.The trial run was aimed to make onboard crew members and coach maintenance staffers familiar with the working of the train set, route, signals, and other safety measures like level crossing gates, block work, and various technical features of the train.