Mumbai: AC local train to make debut run before year-end

Mumbai: The most awaited ‘Air Conditioned (AC) local train’ is set to make its debut run before this year end. The dynamic trial run, which is the final stage of trial for AC local train is currently being initiated on the low density traffic routes on the central line.

The central railway officials said that the dynamic trials were started on March 16, on the routes from Kurla to Kalyan and Kurla to Kasara routes.

The trials are being conducted from midnight to early morning before the regular local trains start running. A set of 20 ‘dynamic trials’ will be conducted in a period of three months.

A team of experts from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) and Research Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO) are supervising the trial runs.

“The trials are being conducted for testing the movement of the train. Parameters like the speed variations and application of the braking system of the AC rakes are also being tested,” said a central railway official.

The daily local train commuters were glad to know that they will be able to travel comfortably in AC trains once they start operating before year end. “It is good news for us commuters travelling regularly by local trains. The AC local train is the most awaited train for us Mumbaikars as the coaches are spacious and the seats have a better design,” said Vaibhav Kajrekar, a regular commuter on the central line.

After the dynamic trials are completed, a detailed report will be prepared by the RDSO and submitted to CRS for certification. “The paper work will be completed within two to three months. The final decision to run the AC local train will be taken by the railway ministry,” said D K Sharma, General Manager of Central and Western Railway.

The central railway officials said that similar trial runs will also be conducted on the western line in case the train faces any technical problem during the trials. “We cannot ensure anything before the dynamic trials are successfully completed. There are also plans to conduct the trials on the western line after the issues relating to the height of the train once it is resolved,” added Sharma.

COMFORT ON ANVIL

The AC local train consists of 12 coaches and has the capacity to carry 3,000 commuters, while around 5,000 commuters travel daily in the regular local trains

The automatic doors will be kept open for 40 seconds. Commuters will not be able to board the train once the door closes.

There is a fire-fighting system installed inside each coaches.

The train will run from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Kalyan in the northern direction and Churchgate to Virar in southern direction after it is pressed into service

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