The first air-conditioned Mumbai local train is finally here. It was a moment of pride for everyone when the train was flagged off from Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF) on Friday. The train will reach Mumbai late Monday evening. After various safety trials, which may take at least three to four months, the train will start running through the City of Dreams.
The silver-blue coloured 12-car train will be parked in the Kurla car shed once it arrives in Mumbai. “Local trains are of a dimension wider than long-distance trains and pulling them by a locomotive through hinterland stations all the way to Mumbai takes time. It will have to go through trials for anything between 2-3 months before it is commissioned for public service,” a railway official told DNA.
The Mumbai local train is also Indian Railways’ first indigenously manufactured AC EMU set. One can freely walk from one coach to another, thereby enabling better load distribution during stressed hours. A software will ensure the smooth working of the automatic doors and other systems of the train. A team from the ICF and technicians from Bharat Heavy Electric Limited (BHEL) will reach Mumbai within a couple of days.
Images : Rajendra B Akelkar
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