Date of Post: 14 Nov, 2017
Chennai: The first 3-phase EMU (Electrical Multiple Unit) train of the Southern Railway will run between Chennai Beach & Chengalpattu by the end of the December, with the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Perambur recently handing over a rake to the zonal railway. Officials said,“The EMU train would touch a maximum speed of 90 km in less than 20 seconds and would enable the loco pilot to have better control.”
About The New Train-
- The new train coaches have been built with stainless steel as against carton steel used in the conventional EMUs.
- The coaches are fitted with LED lights along with the passenger information system.
- For better passenger comfort, seats in the second-class coaches are made out of polycarbonate material replacing the wooden seats in the existing EMU trains.
- ICF sources said, besides wider windows, every coach will have a roof-mounted ventilator with sliding doors.
The Train With Unique Feature
- The unique feature in the 3-phase AC traction is that the train is powered by the IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) system developed in partnership with Bombardier.
- It will convert the kinetic energy generated during the braking of the train into electrical energy which in turn will be directed back to the power grid.
- An official explained,“So, up to 30 per cent of the power requirement of the train would get generated on its own.”
- The train would also have an advanced speed control system.
The Train Being Commissioned
- The train handed over to the Southern Railway is being commissioned at Annanur car shed.
- They were awaiting inspection of 12 cars by the CRS (Commissioner of Railway Safety), a senior railway official said.
- The official added,“On getting cleared by the CRS, the train will be put into the operation between Chennai Beach & Chengalpattu immediately.”