Local Trains

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Local Trains: The Lifeline of Mumbai July 17, 2007 Rohan Rao Leave a comment Go to comments [pic]When a true to the core Mumbaikar utters “Aamchi Mumbai”, the local trains will always be an inseparable element of the true spirits reflected in these. The locals have become a hallmark of Mumbai and one is not surprised to know that the daily commuters call the locals as their first homes; this in not surprising considering the fact that some of them spend more than six hours travelling in these trains day in and day out. The Great Indian Peninsular Railway, which later formed the nucleus of the present day Central Railway, came into existence on April 16, 1853, when the first train on the Indian Sub-continent steamed off from Mumbai to…show more content…
These two corridors constitute the ‘Main’ Line. The Harbour Line runs between CST and Panvel, and between CST and Andheri. The Harbour line has been further added as a link between Thane and Vashi. A new broad gauge line running from Panvel to Karjat has further extended this line. Mr. Kundan Lokhande, Motorman, Central Railway Mumbai Division, says, “Presently the local trains are capable of maximum speed of 85 km/h in regular service. The recently introduced AC/DC rakes are capable of 105 km/h during low traffic times. The actual average speed of locals on the slow lines is about 35 km/h and on the fast line about 45-50 km/h.” Overcrowding has grown to be a compelling problem. 4700 passengers are packed into a 9-car rake during peak hours, as against the rated carrying capacity of 1700. Trains on the suburban line are on average more than 4 minutes apart, contributing to the problem of overcrowding. The impending introduction of new higher speed rakes may help address the issue. “Boarding a fast local during peak hours is an ordeal. Managing to find a floor space to place my right foot, with left foot hanging on for some time and then slowly resting on the feet of someone else. It’s just absolutely impossible to tell whose foot is trampling on ones feet in the mind boggling and suffocating rush,” says Mr. Ninad Satpute a Thane resident. The
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