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Central Railways marks 92 years of India's first electric loco shed

The shed happened to be the first electric loco shed in entire British India and only the second in entire Asia, next to Japan.

Central Railways marks 92 years of India's first electric loco shed
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On Saturday, November 28, the Central Railways marked the event of India’s first electric loco shed which completed 92 years.

As per reports, this shed happened to be the first electric loco shed in entire British India. Moreover, it happens to be the second in entire Asia with Japanese Railways being the first ones to construct their electric loco shed before November 1928. The country's second electric loco shed started functioning in the months of February-March of the year 1960 at Asansol, West Bengal. In addition, as a result of the locomotive, the intercity travel duration between Mumbai and Pune was reduced from 6 hours to 2 hours and 50 minutes from November 5, 1929.

Currently, the shed is holding 211 locomotives. The locomotives happen to be of seven kinds and are maintained in the shed. The holding of different types of locomotives is 53 nos. of WCAM-3, 20 nos. of WCAM-2, 12 nos. of WCAG-1, 56 nos. of WAG-7, 29 nos. WAG-9, 02 nos. of WCM-6, and 39 nos. of WAP-7. Back in 2019, the shed commissioned 22 Nos. of WAP-7 locos, these WAP-7 locos are fitted with Hotel load converter technology which is provided to supply electricity to coaches and eliminate the requirement of diesel and power car.

On the other hand, earlier on Thursday, November 19, Central Railways decided to run 12 rounds of the mini train, daily until Monday, November 22, 2020, to Matheran. Earlier, there were four mini-train services from Aman Lodge to Matheran and eight shuttles, each day, on Saturdays and Sundays. However, due to an increasing number of tourists, officials decided to add four more shuttle services.

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