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Jun 29 2017 (07:00)   Wait for AC local train to get longer

rdb*^   131754 news posts
Entry# 2340976   News Entry# 306827         Tags   Past Edits
Incident-marred trial runs ensure ₹55-crore train service will miss September 2017 launch date
The wait for an air-conditioned local train service is likely to get longer for Mumbaikars. The Railways had announced that the first AC local train would begin running in September on the Western Railway. However, incident-marred trial runs have ensured that the launch of the blue-and-silver train would be further delayed.
The AC local arrived in Mumbai from the Integrated Coach Factory in Chennai on April 4, 2016. Initially, the trial runs were conducted on the Central Railway, but the
train ran into problems on the Main Line due to its height. The height of the train was 4.335 m, but the maximum permissible height for trains to run on the Central Railway was just 4.270 m. “With such a height the train cannot run on the Central Railway especially under from the bridges at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Kurla,” said a Central Railway official.
In May, the ₹55-crore train was sent to the Western Railway for more trial runs. The trials began on the night of May 25 between Mumbai Central and Borivali railway stations. The trial run was later extended to Virar. However, railway officials say the trial runs have been marred by problems. Last week, during a trial run at night on the Western Line, the transformer of one of the coaches emitted sparks. Since then the train has been lying at the Kandivali yard for maintenance.
A.K. Gupta, General Manager, Western Railway, said, “There were technical glitches reported during the trial runs. We are working on it and trials will start again soon.” The trials, which are generally conducted at night, are also likely to be affected owing to the rainy season. The results of the trial run are then sent to the Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RSDO) and the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) for approval.
A WR official said, “The teams from the RDSO and CRS are continuously monitoring the trial runs. The train will halt at each station for 30 to 40 seconds.” Apart from other features, the AC local train will have fire fighting system which will be installed inside the coaches.
‘Highest priority’
The Railway Board has ordered another nine AC trains from Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. The trains can seat 1,028 passengers while 4,936 standees can be accommodated at maximum capacity. The trains will be vestibules, enabling passengers to move easily from one coach to another. Railway officials are planning to run the service at non-peak hours. The train will ply 10 to 12 times every day between Churchgate and Borivali railway stations. Officials, however, haven’t arrived at a fare. They are considering Mumbaikars and their budget to fix passenger-friendly fares.
An official said, “The AC train service is the highest priority of officers as it is the pet project of Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.”

Jul 03 2017 (17:37)
ritzraj   636 blog posts
Re# 2340976-1            Tags   Past Edits
saw the AC rake lying in kandivali yard around 7 days ago.

Jul 20 2017 (18:18)
ritzraj   636 blog posts
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AC rake is being tested on WR on regular basis. Saw it today morning at 1 am. It was crossing mira road stn going towards virar
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Jul 06 2017 (13:51)   12215/Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Bandra (T.) Garib Rath Express (PT) | JP/Jaipur Junction (6 PFs)

ritzraj   636 blog posts
Entry# 2343839            Tags   Past Edits
what are the chances of confirmation in train no. 12215 DEE-BDTS garibrath on 8th July if the current status is RLWL134/WL46 in
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Jun 26 2017 (18:37)   74838/Palanpur - Jodhpur DEMU

pranayparihar8   7 blog posts
Entry# 2333665            Tags   Past Edits
It is the new rack of DMU having comfortable seatings.Now there is wide gap between two seats and inside train station info.Overall look has changed.

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Jul 03 2017 (18:03)
ritzraj   636 blog posts
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the learnings of Mumbai locals being implemented elsewhere
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Jun 24 2017 (18:31)   50 anti-heart attack devices for Bandra

rdb*^   131754 news posts
Entry# 2340980   News Entry# 306375         Tags   Past Edits
Fifty automated external defibrillators (AEDs) will be installed in Bandra as a part of an initiative by Holy Family Hospital to save lives of people by offering timely help. The AEDs are portable devices used to revive a person who has suffered cardiac arrest.
The hospital’s initiative, called iCARE, involves placing AEDs at various locations in Bandra, including near ATMs, police chowkies, hospitals and railway stations. Hospital authorities said the AEDs are easy to use and can be operated by anyone.
The device works by administering an electric shock to the heart to
bring back its normal rhythm. The hospital plans to train members of the community in identifying such patients, administering CPR and operating the AED.

Jul 03 2017 (17:40)
ritzraj   636 blog posts
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rather than putting 50 AEDs at one station, they should have put 2AEDs each at 25 stations which would have led to better utilization.
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Jul 01 2017 (07:05)   AC suburban train timetable to be announced soon

rdb*^   131754 news posts
Entry# 2338714   News Entry# 307081         Tags   Past Edits
WR gears up to start train service from September
Mumbai: The Western Railway (WR) authorities have almost finalised the timetable for the much-awaited air-conditioned suburban trains.
The train service will run between Churchgate and Virar, and the first train will leave from Borivali for Churchgate. It will run only on the fast corridors.
According to senior Western Railway officials, the timetable will be merged
with the regular schedule from September. “The first AC local will run from Borivali to Churcgate in the morning. Two services will run during the morning and evening rush hours each,” said one official.
The first train will depart from Borivali for Churchgate at 7.30 a.m. The first train from Churchgate will leave at 8.15 a.m. and reach Virar in 80 minutes. After a peak-hour turnaround time of three minutes, the train will depart from Virar to Churchgate around 9.30 a.m.
In the evening rush hours, the train will depart from Churchgate at 5.30 p.m. and reach Virar in 80 minutes. The train will leave for the return journey around 6.45 p.m. The last train will leave from Churchgate to Borivali around 8 p.m.
After the last trip, the rakes will got to Mumbai Central carshed, where they will regularly undergo maintenance work.
WR has planned a total 12 AC services throughout the day. According to one official, the timetable is being decided with corporate passengers in mind. “We have recorded an increase in first-class passengers beyond Kandivali. Hence, we have decided to run the AC local till Virar. We are trying to provide the service to passengers from every station,” the official said.
WR has also sent a proposal to allot reserved coaches for female passengers. “The proposal is pending with HQ,” said another official.
The fare for the AC service will be approximately 25% more than the current first-class fare. The tickets will be available as monthly and quarterly season passes too. Regular trials have been conducted at night, and preparations are on to start the AC service in September, as announced by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

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Jul 03 2017 (17:34)
ritzraj   636 blog posts
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I think the morning timing is totally wrong for borivali as well as virar. 7 30 am from borivali is a bit early and 9 30 am from virar is too late for office going people.
IF WR wants it to be a success, they need at least 2 rakes to start with. These should depart virar and borivali simultaneously at around 8 15 am so that borivali people get a chance to board another local coming from virar at around 8 45 am if they miss the borivali starting local due to any reason. This would assure guaranteed success of AC locals. Also the season ticket rate should be same as being charged for normal first class since, the first class
people are paying upto 10 times extra for no extra services in existing locals.
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