NEW DELHI: The railway ministry has zeroed down on putting huge thrust on new technologies such as hyperloop, manufacturing of more lightweight aluminium coaches and hydrogen fuel-based trainsets. The ministry is likely to push for their inclusion in the next Budget, sources said.
Sources said these issues came up for deliberations at a recent meeting and the officials have been directed to prepare detailed proposals. They added the railways is exploring possibilities of acquiring hyperloop technology for a demonstrative project to showcase its capabilities in the rail sector. Hyperloop, which is yet to be operational anywhere in the world, is a high-speed transportation system for both passenger and freight.
The railways is also focussing on induction of lightweight aluminum coaches and hydrogen fuel-based trains to achieve maximum efficiency and save energy. Currently railway coaches are made of stainless steel, which are heavyweight and high energy consuming. Sources said the aluminium coaches would be manufactured in all three railway production units after acquiring technology.
Moreover, the railways is also planning to reduce the travel time on the existing tracks using the tilting or articulated technology. Adoption of this technology helps trains to maintain the speed while negotiating curves and thereby help reduce journey time.
Sources said Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah routes, which are being upgraded for trains to run at 160 kmph, will see aluminum coaches with tilting technology.