Mumbai-Pune local train to soon be reality?

The Central Railway (CR) has requested Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai to design a 12-car train with higher braking powers

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Soon, travelling from Mumbai to Pune in a local train could become a reality. The Central Railway (CR) has written a letter to the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai requesting to design a 12-car train with higher braking powers. This will enable the train to run smoothly in hilly terrain between Mumbai and Pune. 

According to the report published in Mid-Day, the CR has been sending missives to the ICF since June 2018, requesting the local for Mumbai-Pune travel. On December 13, 2018, they sent a third letter where CR's Pincipal Chief Mechanical Engineer asked the manufacturers to design a special 12-car local train with higher braking powers.

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A senior CR official told Mid-Day that they requested ICF to turn out a 12-car EMU train with parking brakes on 32 wheels, instead of the existing 16 wheels, for various mandatory trials like emergency braking distance, coupler force and controllability in the south east section between Karjat and Lonavala. He further added that since ICF is yet to manufacture six trains for Central Railway, they have requested them to manufacture one with enhanced brakes for CSMT-Pune local trials.

Retired Chief Locomotive Inspector Waman Sangle had originally put up a suggestion at the Rail Vikas Shivir in 2016. Sangle submitted a 70-page technical report on the feasibility of the run. Originally, the trials were conducted with existing local trains, but the railways decided to get special local trains from Chennai with more powerful parking brakes and the door closing, he said. The train is expected to arrive by January 10 and trials will happen soon, Sangle further added. 

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