- The western railway is all set for an upgradation, by introducing Uttam-rake from Wednesday
- The train will be the first non-air conditioned local to have CCTV camera in all coaches.
- Apart from CCTV cameras, the trains will also provide better seats with higher backrests in 1stclass.
Local train travel on the Western line is all set for an upgradation, with Western Railaway’s introduction of a state-of threat Uttam Rake. The local will be the first train to provide CCTV cameras in all coaches.
Ravinder Bhaskar, chief public relation officer of Western Railway said, “We are introducing the Uttam Rake with improved exteriors and advanced features on an experimental basis. Further planning will be done for future commuters.”
On Wednesday, the new rake ran as a Churchgate-Virar ladies’ special, departing from Churchgate at 6:13 and arriving at Virar by 7:57 pm. From Thursday, it will be introduced as a normal service that will run for around 10 times a day.
Besides CCTV cameras, the new rake comes with anti-dent partitions, modifiable luggage racks that are more spacious, and seats with higher back-rest in 1stclass. Second class coaches will have seats made from fibre-reinforced-plastic(FRP) with a wooden finishing and dual lock windows. The chains used to stop the train have been replaced by the emergency button.
Energy-saving fans and diffused-light LED tubes have also been installed. The ceiling has been built from corrugated FRP and the duct placed for ventilation is covered with FRP with wooden finishing for better aesthetics.
Steel protective plates will stop the colour of the floor from fading due to friction of the footwear.
The train has been manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory located in Chennai. Only two coaches have been constructed till now, the rest of them will be given to South Central Railway.
Western Railway will be celebrating its 69thanniversary, constitutes of 110 rakes and runs 1,367 services every day, including 12 AC services and 54 services with 15 coaches. Around 36 lakh passengers travel in WR on a daily basis.