In 2002, Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) toyed with the idea of a fully stainless steel train.
A tender was floated, but when Bombardier the only bidder submitted its quotation, the plan was shelved for being too costly. But the dream is finally back on track.
Now about a decade later on April 27 MRVC managing director PC Sehgal visited the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai to iron out formalities for building Mumbai’s first all-stainless steel train.
“For MUTP-II, all the rakes will be fully stainless steel,” officials told Mumbai Mirror on Friday. “Trains across the world are made of stainless steel. Although it will cost more, the benefits in the long run wll be immense. It will be great for the city’s suburban trains,” said Sehgal.
According to officials, stainless steel is much better the corten steel which is currently being used for trains across the country. While corten steel becomes ‘wavy’ and corroded in a few years, stainless does not.