A faster version of the city’s suburban trains would be rolled out by the Railways’ Chennai-based factory before year-end. The train will have the capacity to run at a top speed of 130 kilometres per hour (kmph).
After its induction into the fleet of Mumbai’s newly built suburban trains, it will become the fastest train to ever run in the city. The current trains can run at a top speed of 110 kmph, but the maximum speed they can attain is 90 kmph.
The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is getting the fastest train from the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, who have specially imported machines and parts from Austria to assemble the bogie.
However, two bogies did not have some crucial nuts and bolts, which are important components of its breaks and so authorities at ICF had been waiting for the parts to arrive. “The crucial components have arrived and are being fitted to the bogies of the train,” said a senior MRVC official, who did not wish to be named.
“We have given brakes directly to the wheels of a bogie, which prevents the trains from shaking,” said PC Sehgal, managing director, MRVC.
According to sources, if the new technology proves to be successful, then it would mean jerk-free journeys inside local trains. Presently a train undergoes nine different variations of jerks due to lack of good technology. This problem would get rectified once this technology is in place.
Central Rly may soon have 15-coach trains
The Central Railway (CR) is mulling over the option of starting 15-car suburban trains on its routes. The CR has asked the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) to study the feasibility of running the 15-car trains on the main line.
At a meeting between Kul Bhushan, general manager of CR, and MRVC managing director, PC Sehgal, the former asked the latter to study how 15-car trains can be run on the main line between CST and towards north. Under the suburban network, the line connects CST with Karjat and Kasara.
“We have received an in-principle request from the CR to study the feasibility of running 15-car trains on the main line. We haven’t received anything in writing,” said PC Sehgal.
S Mudgerikar, chief PRO of the CR said, “It will be possible only after creating necessary infrastructure for running 15-car trains.” Presently the CR is looking at converting all 9-car trains to 12-car, which would happen only after 2011.
It would take at least a year and half to conduct an initial study of running a 15-car train. The MRVC had appointed a consultant to study the feasibility of running 15-car trains on Western Railway at a cost of Rs 3 crore. Now, the WR is running 12 services of 15-car trains between Dadar and Virar.