The Union cabinet was apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the railways ministry with Switzerland which would help the two countries in developing tilting trains.
Tilting trains tilt on approaching a bend, just like a motorbike on a winding road. Such trains are operational in 11 countries—Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic, the UK, Switzerland, China, Germany and Romania.
According to an official statement, the MoU signed on August 31 and the MoU will enable technical co-operation in the following areas:-
a. Traction Rolling stock
b. EMU and train sets
c. Traction Propulsion Equipments
d. Freight and Passenger Cars
e. Tilting Trains
f. Railway Electrification Equipments
g. Train scheduling and operation improvement
h. Railway Station modernization
i. Multimodal transport
j. Tunneling technology
The identified areas of cooperation include high-speed corridors, speed raising of existing routes, development of world-class stations, heavy haul operations and modernization of rail infrastructure, etc.
The cooperation is achieved through exchange of information on developments in areas of railways technology & operations, knowledge sharing, technical visits, training & seminars and workshops in areas of mutual interest.
The MoUs provide a platform for Indian Railways to interact and share the latest developments and knowledge in the railway sector.
The MoUs facilitate exchange of technical experts, reports and technical documents, training and seminars/workshops focusing on specific technology areas and other interactions for knowledge sharing.