Mumbai: 2nd class local to compensate for AC train
Central Railway to convert first-class coaches into second-class ones to make up for loss of capacity
The Central Railway (CR) is planning to convert first-class coaches into second class ones on one train on the trans-harbour line to compensate for the loss of capacity after the introduction of its first Air-Conditioned train.
The CR is working on various permutations and combinations, including converting one local train into a completely second-class one, to accommodate its first air-conditioned local, to be run on the trans-harbour line between Thane-Vashi and Thane-Panvel sections.
“The new train will soon leave from the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai and arrive by month-end. If everything goes as per plan, it will be introduced on the trans-harbour line by December,” CR's Chief Public Relations Officer Shivaji Sutar said.
Divisional officials said since the sector is saturated, CR intends to run the train on the trans-harbour line and the idea is to convert first-class compartments into second class in one of the trains. The new AC local has BHEL electricals and is a full 12-car AC train that cannot be split, unlike the Medha-class locals that have arrived on Western Railway.
The new AC train's features include wider gangways for more people to walk and stand comfortably during peak hours, improved luggage racks and much more.
It has a talk-back mechanism, a first for local trains, where commuters can contact the train guard in times of emergency.
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