The second air-conditioned local train which is on its way to Mumbai will the first local to have solar panels which will be used for lights and fans.
According to Mid-Day, the second AC local train has been allotted to Western Railway in order to ease the burden on existing AC train. A railway spokesperson told the leading daily, “The new AC train has flexi solar panels that are light in weight, and capable of generating 3.6 kw electricity. These panels will power the fans and lights of the coaches, reducing the need from the overhead power supply. This has been experimented in one coach of the train, and depending on the feedback, the innovation will be extended to other coaches.”
The second AC local will have new features like Talk Back mechanism, a first for local trains, where commuters can contact the train guard in an emergency. The second AC local will also have wider gangways, improved luggage racks and more.