Authorities on Western and Central Railway claim to have rectified the problem – faulty traction motors – on all the new rakes that were manufactured by German company Siemens.
When inducted by WR in November 2007 and CR in February 2008, everyone flocked to the new rakes. But a few months later, they problems began. As many as 107 breakdowns were reported on WR/CR in February and March 2009. Almost in each case, the train had to be towed away, disrupting the entire schedule.
But, over the last two months, employees of WR/CR worked round-the-clock to rectify the problem.
There has not been a single case of traction motor failure on CR/WR since June 1. P C Sehgal, MD of Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation, said, “It is indeed remarkable. But with the changes in the motor design, we hope the rakes will not let down Mumbai’s commuters. We continue to monitor the traction motors.”
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Thankfully the reliability of the rakes will go up now due to the replacement of traction motors.