Coimbatore | The speed trial run conducted today by Southern Railways on the newly laid broad gauge line on Palakkad-Pollachi section was successful, officials said.
An engine and a brake van coach left Palakkad Town station in Kerala at 10.15 hours at an average speed of 40 Kmph and arrived at Pollachi Junction in Coimbatore district in Tamil Nadu, at 12.05 hours.
In the return trip, it left Pollachi at 12.25 hours and attained a speed of 60 Kmph and arrived at Palakkad 13.45 hours, a southern railway official said.
The authorities of Southern Railway Construction organization (SRCO) and Palakkad Division assessed the trial run as successful.
Ramakrishna, Deputy Chief Engineer led the SRCO team from Podanur, while Mohan A Menon, Additional Divisional Railway Manager headed the team from Palakkad Division.
Similar speed trial runs will again be undertaken in the coming days as a part of assessing the strength and durability of track in this section.
Stating that this was purely an internal, departmental and technical requirement, the official said the purpose of speed trial test run was to assess the track parameters prior to the inspection of Commissioner of Railway Safety and to identify and rectify the possible defects.
All the level crossings in this section have been manned exclusively for this run, the official said, adding, public in the track proximity are impolred to remain alert, the official said.
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