Western Railway intends to convert its 15-car local into partial AC one

As per a railway official, the idea is to remove six coaches of the new AC local and attach it to an existing nine-car train. The move is expected to benefit passengers as no local train services will be cancelled

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As one more train arrives for Western Railway this weekend, the rail corporation now has five 12-car AC local trains in its fleet. Interestingly, this also includes a swappable partial AC train which can be split and attached to a regular local train. Western Railway is also planning to convert one of its 15-car trains into a partial AC train.

A senior railway official told Mid-Day that the train arriving this weekend will be a swappable rake and the idea is to remove six coaches of the new AC local and attach it to an existing nine-car train.

Meanwhile, the official added that the AC locals will be part of the existing services. With this step, the rail corporation will be expecting that the commuters won't face inconvenience as no services will be cancelled. 

Currently, two AC locals are in service in the WR section, the third one is under periodic overhaul. The fourth underslung one is undergoing trials while the latest one will come in this weekend.

In the meantime, a WR spokesperson stated that they were in consultation with the Research, Design and Standards Organisation, the Indian Railways' technical consultancy arm, to explore numerous possibilities of running the AC local.

Therefore, Railways will be taking a decision once the technicalities are sorted out.

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