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1st AC local train for north India soon

1st AC local train for north India soon
December 21
14:28 2018

NEW DELHI: The first AC local train in north India will hit the tracks next year, with the railways planning to launch the state-of-the-art train for passengers travelling short distances from Delhi, a senior official said here.

The MEMU (mainline electric multiple unit) train, having eight stainless-steel coaches, will cater to the Uttar Pradesh cities within 200-300 km from Delhi, sources said.

The upgraded MEMU air-conditioned train can run at a speed of 130 kmph instead of 100 kmph in the previous versions. It has been manufactured at a cost of Rs 26 crore and has a capacity to carry 2,618 passengers as against 2,402 passengers in the present one.

All the eight coaches will have two toilets each, GPS-enabled information system, automated doors, CCTV surveillance system and cushioned seats. The first such AC local has been sent for trials from the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, said ICF General Manager Sudhanshu Mani.

“We have requested (the) Railway Board to allot this rake to (the) Northern Railway…. This rake will be based in Delhi and will run from there to other cities,” Mani said.

The general manager said these new-generation MEMU trains were comparable to the Train 18, which will be launched soon.

The trial of the local train will be completed in less than two months, after which it will be made operational early in February.

The ICF will also flag off the second air-conditioned 12-coach local train for the Mumbai suburban railways. PTI

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