Let me start the new year on a positive note 🙂 CR will get 3 brand new Siemens rakes from ICF. These rakes were pending to be manufactured since a long time. There was no clarity on when they would be manufactured.
I was curious about the status of these missing rakes since the last couple of years. I first wrote about them in October 2013. Click here to read the post. But there were simply no updates on these rakes anywhere. It seemed that those rakes were totally forgotten. The media too didn’t notice the missing rakes. That prompted me to file an RTI query on these rakes. The reply wasn’t encouraging and didn’t talk of any concrete plan to manufacture the rakes. My comments on the reply can be read here.
I am really glad that they are finally being manufactured. This will be of help to CR in the DC to AC conversion project as well as phasing out old rakes to modernise the fleet.