Trial Runs Begin on Delhi Meerut RRTS Line’s Priority Corridor

So it begins! National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) on Friday afternoon officially started trial runs (train testing) on a 1.5 km portion of the 82.15 km Delhi–Meerut RRTS project’s Priority Corridor.

The team manually operated their prototype Alstom train, the 1st of 4 semi high-speed trains received so far, between Duhai Depot – Depot Station – Duhai RRTS Station. This train-set arrived at Duhai Depot in June 2022 and had since been performing tests on the depot’s testing line.

As always, the sole objective of the first run was to check for Schedule of Dimensions (SOD) clearances and observe the train’s interaction with the civil structure to ensure there are no physical obstructions along the way.

Duhai RRTS Station – Photo via Mohit Saini

A majority of the 1.5 km portion the train traversed on was on the depot-line which runs parallel to the Eastern Peripheral Expressway.

This milestone was recorded just 30 months after APCO-CRFG JV launched 10.3 km Package 2’s first precast segment in July 2020. They’re the civil contractors for the line’s viaduct from Ghaziabad Station to the Duhai Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) crossing consisting of 2 elevated stations at Guldhar and Duhai.

18 km priority corridor (Sahibabad – Duhai) – view Delhi – Meerut RRTS info & route map

The line’s 25kV AC overhead equipment (OHE) system has been installed and energized by IRCON International as part of Package 19. A full list of contractors can be viewed here.

Depot Station – Photo via Mohit Saini

In the coming months, various subsystems along with the train’s response to being operated at different speeds & braking, and the behavior of the track system, OHE system and platform screen door system will be monitored.

NCRTC is publicly chasing a March 2023 deadline to complete and open the project’s 18 km elevated Priority Corridor between Sahibabad – Ghaziabad –  Guldhar – Duhai (EPE).

That’ll be quite an achievement as there’s far too much station architectural and finishing works pending across all stations, notably at the mammoth Ghaziabad Station which’ll allow users to interchange with Delhi Metro’s Red Line. With this being India’s first semi high-speed rail line, I expect testing and statutory approvals to take at least 6 months.

Here’s a cool video compilation on YouTube of the train shot from various angles:

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5 Responses to "Trial Runs Begin on Delhi Meerut RRTS Line’s Priority Corridor"

  1. Anish Sayare says:

    Congrats to all involved 🎉

  2. Kartik says:

    Congrats NCRTC.
    Also congrats DMRC for completing 20 glorious years of operations.
    Today, i sincerely hope that the way DMRC revolutionised urban transport in India, NCRTC is able to revolutionize sub-urban level transportation in the country.
    The way DMRC introduced clean,modern ,high tech metros to the country and changed perception of how metros should be (not like Kolkata NS line) and we are building metros in the entire country on this model and the world is looking and learning. They are astonished by what DMRC has done in only 20 years. (Technically 24 but hey,).

    NCRTC must also do the same.
    I wish both of them a great future ahead. 🎉🎉

  3. Harendra pandey says:

    Coungrlation to all our workers and engineering… thanks..God bless US

  4. Bharat Bhushan pal says:

    Srdhapuri Puri face 2 kankadkheda mein kab Tak metro station Bankar taiyar ho jaega aur kya taiyari chal rahi hai yah root कहां-कहां Tak jaega aur kahan tak iska kiraya ho sakta hai jald se jald koshish karen batane ki


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