Recently Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) unveiled India’s first ever Stainless Steel EMU. It was rolled out for Eastern Railway. The official press release containing a few pictures of the rake can be seen here. Few more pictures can be seen on page 7 of this document. A commuter in Kolkata has even managed to get a video of one of the test runs of the rake! It can be seen here.
It is not possible to give a precise review of the rake without having a look at it in person, but it looks promising at least as far as quality is concerned. Its external finishing is top notch. There are absolutely no uneven patches, wavy sidewalls or crudely finished welding joints on the exterior. Whereas in MRVC rakes you can make out wavy surfaces, welding lines and a lot more even in a photo. In terms of exterior finishing, this rake goes right at the top of the chart alongside Jessop. Hoping that the interior is equally good!
The body shell has a new design. Its NOT the same old ICF design with corten steel replaced with stainless steel! It looks more like some metro rail rake than an IR rake. Thumbs up to BEML for this! The experience they gained while building coaches for Delhi Metro clearly shows up in the quality of this rake. I hope to see more of these rakes on IR.
Alas, MUTP-2 rakes will be manufactured by ICF. Mumbai will get the same old design, with horrible bodywork & poor finishing as a bonus. To add salt to the wound, the bigwigs at ICF and MRVC will shout at the top of their voices that these rakes are the best. How I wish those people get an experience of “waterfall” at the doors of MRVC rakes resulting due to improperly welded rain water channels!