Southern Railway plans to manufacture coaches for suburban trains atitsGolden Rock Workshop in Trichy. A feasibility report to produce Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) and Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) at the workshop,one of the three maintenance workshops in the railway zone, will be prepared and sent to the Railway Board for approval.
The move follows a suggestion by Parliamentary committee on railways president TRBaalu,who held a review meeting to assess railway projects in Southern Railway. In a statement T R Baalu said “Southern Railway general manager Rakesh Misra has promised to prepare a report and forward it tothe railway board.”
Golden Rock workshop was founded to carry out periodic overhaul of metre gauge wagons and coaches. It started periodic overhaul of board gauge coaches of express trains after metre gauge was phased out.The work shop became the first choice of the railways when it wanted to identify a workshop to make steam locomotives for Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
“The unit is capable of doing production work if adequate machinery is included because it has well-trained workers,” said a railway officer.
Thereis a shortage of rakes for suburban trains and railways are not able to introduce new suburban services promised for Chennai in the budget. Railway board has also given a contractto private companies to manufacture EMUs using a design prepared at the Integral Coach Factory. However, ICF workers have been opposing the move to hand over designs.
There is pressure on railways to manufacture coaches at maintenance workshops owned by different zones. In Southern Railway, coaches are maintained at Golden Rock at Trichy, Carriage Works and Loco Works at Perambur.