Central Railway has commissioned its first fully Alternating Current (AC) compatible retroffited Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) rake for use on suburban railways.
On July 14, CR’s chief electrical engineer, PK Shrivastava, commissioned the first retrofitted fully AC EMU rake made by Sanpada Car Shed from an old 1500 volts Direct Current (DC) EMU rake.
A CR spokesperson said, “The rake is fit for operation in 25 K Volt AC section. Perfomance wise, the retroffited rake is compatible with 25 AC EMU rakes built by Integral Coach Factory, Chennai. This rake will be use on Pune-Lonavala section of CR.”
The cost of retrofitting work for one 12 car rake is Rs 3.5 crore. A CR official said “It is a huge saving as the new AC rakes costs around Rs 24 crore approximately.”
The cost of retroffitment includes expenditure on electrical equipments, mechanical modification in coaches and replacement of old passenger seats. The coach has stainless steel partition and improved ventilation, new fans and lights.
A CR spokesperson said, “Fifteen 12-car rakes are planned to be converted from old DC rakes to AC retro rakes in near future.”