The Central Railway (CR) has prepared the first cost-effective version of a new-age train by retrofitting an old red-cream coloured 9-car train with electronics of a new train.
This train is expected to start its services in the coming week.
The 15-18 years old train would have otherwise been discarded, but by revamping its look and function, the train has got a new lease of life.
It has not only increased its life by another 15 years, but has also helped the CR financially.
“We have changed the configuration of circuits to enable this train to run on both 1,500- Volt Direct Current (DC) and 25,000-Volt Alternating Current (AC). This train was being run on a trial basis for the last few days,” said a senior CR official on condition of anonymity.
If successful, the railway authorities will follow this cost effective model.
A retrofitted train costs around Rs3 crore, while a new-age train running on 25,000-Volt Alternating Current is procured at Rs20 crore each. The interiors of the train too have been changed.
“We have received sanction to retrofit 10 such trains that runs on 1,500-Volt DC,” said V Malegaonkar, chief PRO of the Central Railway.
The required changes are being made at Kurla Carshed. Sources said that every month a new train would be introduced after retrofitting it.
The stretch till Kalyan and further north towards Karjat and Kasara has been converted to AC line from DC.
“By June the conversion from DC to AC will be completed till Thane,” added the CR official.
The CR has also set a deadline to convert the remaining 104 services of 9-car (that makes around 14 trains) to be converted to 12-car trains by August.