The city’s hi-speed local trains that can achieve speeds of 130kmph are finally ready and will be in Mumbai in a month. A team of senior officials of the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation and the Maharashtra government would be visiting the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai on Wednesday to inspect the new wonder that is the product of six years of research.
The Rs60crore train is expected to break the 100kmph barrier and run at hi-speeds beyond Kalyan and Virar stations, on tracks that are used for hi-speed trains like the Rajdhani.
MRVC managing director Dr PC Sehgal confirmed that the “bogies” (the wheel-sets) were ready and that they would be going for the final inspection. “If everything goes well, the train should be in city by May,” he said.
The irony is that the rake will not be able to run at speeds above 100 kph. As it is a 9 coach rake, it is not likely to venture beyond Borivali (the rake is for WR). If additional coaches from older rakes are added to it, then it will not be able to run at 110 kph as the old coaches are not fit for 110 kph!
The article mentions that there will be 5 such rakes. But as per what ever I have gathered from my sources, there will be only one such rake.