India gets first AC local train: History of Mumbai's lifeline

India gets first AC local train: History of Mumbai's lifeline

Kerry Wise
December 26, 2017

Initially, it was meant to be run on the Central Railway (CR) corridor.

Mumbai: The Western Railway (WR) and the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) have finally calculated the ticket and pass fare for air-conditioned local trains.

Gupta said, "This AC local is being run through a prototype coach and we will invite feedback from commuters and incorporate it in our next fleet of coaches".

The base fare for passengers travelling by AC locals for a single journey will be 1.3 times of the base fare of existing fare of single journey ticket for first class.

Though a public holiday, there were hundreds of curious and wide-eyed commuters who crowded the Borivali station and other stations en route, which will start full-fledged operations from January 1, 2018, with 12 daily services.

According to WR Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar, the last successful technical run of the train, running on broad gauge, was conducted on Sunday. Accusing the railways of catering only to the elite class, activists said instead of replacing regular services, the AC train should run as an extra service.

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Three fast services will run between Churchgate and Borivali stopping at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra and Andheri stations in both directions, it went on to add.

Manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, the fully air-conditioned air-suspension coaches have a capacity of carrying almost 6,000 commuters per rake, automatic door opening-closing system, LED lights, Emergency Talk Back System between commuters and guard besides a public address system, advanced GPS-based passenger information systems, speeds of upto 100 kmph, air-tight vestibules inter-connecting all 12 coaches, other modern amenities and latest safety features for commuters.

Weekly, fortnightly and monthly season tickets shall be charged equivalent to five, 7.5 and 10 single journeys of AC local respectively, the statement added. "The difference between 1.3 times and 1.2 times will be shown in the ticket as discount during the introductory period", the WR spokesperson said.

One slow service of the AC local will operate between Mahalaxmi to Borivali early morning. A single one-way trip between Churchgate and Virar will cost Rs 204 in addition to GST and surcharges.

On May 5, 1992, the WR introduced the world's first Ladies Special trains which have now become a regular feature and a trendsetter for similar services in India and some other countries.

With input from agencies.