Delhi Metro starts preparing for induction of eight coach trains
Delhi Metro has begun preparations for the induction of eight coach trains into its operations to provide more convenience to the commuters.
An eight coach train has been assembled at the Khyberpass Metro depot, on which various tests and examinations are currently being done. During the non revenue hours in the night time, this train is also running from the Khyberpass to the Najafgarh Metro depot and vice versa.
Stringent ‘Type Tests’ are being done on this eight coach train, as part of which various aspects of Metro operations such as signaling, safety, speed pick up, jerking, breaking etc are being checked and observed. These tests are expected to continue for another 15 to 20 days.
The process of changing the number of coaches of a train involves lot of technical expertise for carrying out the necessary integration and commissioning activities. A team of 7-8 dedicated DMRC engineers and contractors’ engineers carry out several rounds of testing to make it ready for passenger service.
Delhi Metro has already placed orders for procurement of 212 new coaches for conversion of six coach and four coach trains into eight coach trains. By the year 2015, all the trains operational on Lines 2 (Jahangirpuri – HUDA City Centre) and 3/4 (Dwarka – NOIDA City Centre/Vaishali) will be either six coach or eight coach trains.
These additional coaches are scheduled to start arriving from the month of September onwards and the first eight coach train is expected to be operational by the end of this year.
As per DMRC’s plans, 37 six coach trains on Line 2 will be converted into 8 coach trains and one Bombardier four coach train will be converted into a 6 coach train. 31 four coach trains of RS1 (M/s Mitsubishi-Rotem-Mitsubishi electrical) on Line 3/4 will be converted into 8 coach trains. Six four coach trains on Line 2 of RS 1 will be converted into 6 coach trains.
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