The city of Mumbai, famous for several things including the local train transport popularly known as the local, recently received its first ever air-conditioned (AC) suburban local train. It was flagged off from Integral Coach Factory in Chennai on March 31, has finally arrived in the metropolis, and presently its trial run are about taking place.
The initial speed of the blue-silvered AC local train will be limited to around 50-60 kmph during the first few trials. No fixed number for trials is allocated and it would depend completely on the RDSO’s tests as to when the certificate would be granted. The engineers from Central Railway and Integral Coach Factory (ICF) will also investigate the coaches. According to the Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of the Central Railway A K Singh said no date has been fixed yet for its trials and eventual deployment
Built at the budget of Rs 54 crore, the first AC local train has no general or first class compartments, but two of the 12 coaches could be reserved for women apart from the fact that entire rake would be vestibule connected (in two parts of six coaches each). However, work is yet to be done on the ventilation system, the air-conditioning system, the passenger alarm system and the automatic doors, among many other things.
Mumbai suburban services was announced in 2012-13 Rail Budget but initial hiccups and impediments, delayed the project.
The AC local train is presently parked at the Kurla car shed of Central Railway, Mumbai.