Chennai: The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has now come out with a new Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU), commonly known as electric train, with a higher passenger capacity, said a top official.
The official said that the new EMU is designed on the same principle as that of the Train 18, India’s first locomotive less train, which is fixing all the electrical items powering the train under the compartment.
This in turn increases the passenger carrying capacity and also the passenger comfort. “The new train could be said as the little sister for Train 18 or that is now undergoing trials,” S. Mani, General Manager, ICF, told IANS.
The new EMUs also known as Mainline EMU in the railways parlance will cater to short distance intercity day travel.
Currently the EMUs are propelled by conventional direct current (DC) traction system and mounted on board in the driving motor coaches, Mani said. ICF started making the new EMUs from 2018 which is more modern, maintenance friendly and energy efficient. The electric train can touch a maximum speed of 130 kmph, he said.
The prototype of underslung EMU has been manufactured by ICF at a cost of Rs 26 crore slightly higher than the conventional train.
ICF has recently rolled Train 18, India’s first modern semi-high speed trainset. (IANS)
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