Date of Post: 10 Dec, 2018
Chennai: The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has now come out with a new Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU), with a higher passenger capacity, a top official said. The new EMU is designed on the same principle as that of the ‘Train 18’, that is fixing all the electrical items powering the train under the compartment, the official said.
- S. Mani, General Manager, ICF,”The new train could be said as the little sister for Train 18 or that is now undergoing trials.”
- The new EMUs also known as Mainline EMU in the railways parlance will cater to short distance intercity day travel.
- Mani said, currently the EMUs are propelled by conventional direct current (DC) traction system and mounted on board in the driving motor coaches.
- ICF started making the new EMUs from 2018 which is more modern, maintenance friendly and energy efficient.
- He said that the electric train can touch a maximum speed of 130 kmph.
- The prototype of underslung EMU has been manufactured by ICF at a cost of Rs 26 crore slightly higher than the conventional train.
- Recently, ICF has rolled Train 18, India’s first modern semi-high speed trainset.
- The ICF has now taken up the task of introducing this underslung technology to other electric trains.
- Currently, the MEMUs in service have a carrying capacity of 2,402 passengers; that will be augmented by 9% now, enabling carrying of 2,618 passengers on board.
- The new design under-slung EMU rake would be ready for flag off and subsequent tests and trials by December 15, Mani said.
- The ICF had requested Railway Board to allot this rake to Southern Railway which would enable easier monitoring performance, he added.
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