“High speed” rake on slow track

The much hyped (so called) high speed EMU is moving on the slow track – or rather, not moving at all! It was turned out by ICF in May 2011. One year later, it has still not entered service. The rake lies in Mumbai Central carshed of WR, unused, gathering layers of dust. MRVC seems to be least bothered about the rake in spite of all the hype that they created before the rake was manufactured.

It seems that RDSO (Research Designs and Standards Organisation) has not yet approved the design of the bogies of this rake. This was the last official word about the status of this rake. A couple of months ago, three coaches of the rakes were spotted undergoing testing in the Virar – Dahanu Road section of WR. After that its again back to status quo. The coaches have returned to the carshed and resumed gathering dust.

Due to the delay (this word is an understatement!) in the testing and approval of this rake, the production of 5-6 more rakes is stuck up.  These 6 rakes will prove crucial for CR in converting Kalyan – CSTM to AC.

The question is, why is it taking so long for IR to approve the design? More than one year for approving a bogie design is simply unbelievable. It speaks volumes about the bureaucracy and red tape prevalent  in IR. For a comparison, it took only 4 months for the first MRVC rake to be tested and approved.

I have given up all hopes of this rake being pressed into service in the near future. Shame on MRVC and RDSO.

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3 thoughts on ““High speed” rake on slow track

  1. very well said Akshay.

    So much of public money being wasted. The normal bogie design MRVC rakes which are much more required then these high-speed rakes which wont be anyway doing high speed on CCG-VR or CR sections.

    Instead of wasting so much time they should dump the high speed plan and procure the remaining 5-6 MRVC rakes which will be helpful for CR in DC-AC conversion.

    • Anonymous,

      I am not at all in favour of abandoning this bogie design. Speed be damned, it will give better ride quality. It is a welcome change from the current design which is around for decades with no improvement except addition of air suspension at secondary stage. Abandoning the design is not the solution. Speeding up approval is the solution.

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