Indian Railways starts first AC local train in Mumbai, Watch Video

Mumbai’s first AC local train to run between Churchgate and Virar on Christmas Day

In what is being described as the "Christmas gift" to Mumbai, the country's first air-conditioned (AC) suburban train made its maiden journey this morning from Borivili to Churchgate.

Initially, the Mumbai AC local will run between Borivali and Churchgate and will be extended up to Virar.

On the inaugural run, the train began its journey from Borivli to Churchgate station of the Western Railway (WR).

The coaches will carry approximately 6,000 commuters per rake.

Excited commuters captured the historic moments by clicking selfies the moment train reached the Churchgate station at 11.16 am. "We are expecting some new surprises in the coming year".

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The AC train has been categorized as a "premium train with low frequency" and the fare has been pegged at 1.3 times the prevailing first-class fare.

As promised weeks back, Mumbai's AC local is finally on track. It would later increase to Rs 221, based on fare calculation model. An inaugural discount of 10 per cent will be available on the AC local fare for the first six months, said Western Railway's divisional railway manager Mukul Jain.

Railway activists too expressed happiness at the launch of the AC train. For monthly season pass, it is Rs 60, Rs 90 and Rs 120 for the respective distances. "Remaining personnel will be posted at each railway stations to ensure that commuters board the train without any hurdle", said an RPF official.

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. Also, fourth and seventh coaches will have seats reserved for differently-abled passengers. Besides, each coach is equipped with two fire extinguishers with instructions to operate.

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