Western Railway launches upgraded suburban trains

Western Railway launches upgraded suburban trains

Mumbai: The city’s six million train commuters can now hope for a comfortable ride with the Western Railway rolling out the first of 157 new trains with upgraded facilities.

“The new 12-coach local trains promise more comfortable ride with better ventilation and passenger information systems on the exteriors and inside the trains," Western Railway Divisional Railway Manager Satyaprakash told PTI.

Besides the roof-mounted ventilation package units, the windows are larger too, fitted with polycarbonate lookout glass. Other features include modular switches for the fans, injury-free fans, lighting along the central aisle and emergency fluorescent lights.

The coaches of the new local, launched here Monday, will have a dual colour scheme. The trains, which are designed in Germany, were brought to city in August and are part of the World Bank funded 4,500 crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project.

“The trains, over three months, have cleared a series of tests ranging from detailed signal interference test, speed and braking trails. The trains were recently given a safety certificate by the Chief Commissioner Railway Safety of Western Railway," he said.