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Trains on WR's fast corridor to move faster

Thanks to technical improvements carried out by the Western Railway on this stretch, trains on the fast corridor will now move at the desired speed of 100kmph, especially during night and non-peak hours.

mumbai Updated: Aug 06, 2011 02:18 IST
Shashank Rao

Good news is in store for those who commute daily from Borivli to Mumbai Central and complain of even fast trains moving slowly. Thanks to technical improvements carried out by the Western Railway on this stretch, trains on the fast corridor will now move at the desired speed of 100kmph, especially during night and non-peak hours.

These alterations have been carried out near Malad, Jogeshwari, Andheri, Vile Parle, Mahim and Lower Parel.

The vital technical changes which have been carried out include removal of crossings used by trains for going from one track to the other on curves and turnings, marginally raising the height of a track at selected areas in a way that it would bend and help the train move faster by keeping the length of track as straight as possible.

Officials claim these technical improvements will surely lead to smoother operation of trains. "We have modified tracks at these stretches that will allow trains to run faster," said S Chandrayan, chief PRO, Western Railway.

Currently, trains on this stretch move at a speed of 80-85kmph and at certain locations, at 90kmph. However, these changes will help trains to run faster and achieving 100kmph at night will be much easier when the change in signal indications doesn't happen at regular intervals and there are more gaps between two trains.

Also, the completion of power conversion from 1,500-Volt DC to 25,000-Volt AC on the Borivli-Churchgate stretch would also considerably amplify the speeds of trains between these two stations. The initial deadline was June and WR is now looking at completing the conversion by September.