In a first, RCF Kapurthala rolls out 3 phase MEMU rake

In a first, RCF Kapurthala rolls out 3 phase MEMU rake

Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, November 27

Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, today rolled out the first ever three-phase Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) rake to Asansol MEMU Shed, Eastern Railways. The rake comprising 12 coaches was rolled out in the presence of Ashesh Agrawal, General Manager, RCF. These coaches will be put in service after the performance trial. The electrics in the coaches have been provided by M/s. BHEL.

  • Rake of 12 prototype coaches flagged off to Asansol
  • These coaches have higher passenger carrying capacity than conventional MEMU coaches
  • Each driving motor coach can carry 226 passengers while trailer coach can carry 325 passengers thus increasing the passenger carrying capacity by almost 30%

Explaining the modifications, the GM said, “The coaches have stainless steel body with better acceleration than conventional MEMU coaches. Ethernet-based Train Control and Management system (TCMS) has been provided which offers precise train control besides Rescue Drive Mode (RDM) feature which limits the train speed to 60 km/h in case of any failure in Train Network. The driver motor coach has aerodynamic nose front with air-conditioned driver’s cab and ergonomically designed driver desk. Low maintenance is the key feature of these coaches as compared to conventional MEMU coaches.”

Talking about the additional features, he said, “The three-phase MEMUs not only excels technically but provides better passenger amenities too. Each coach has aesthetic interiors with FRP panelling, cushioned seats, wider windows, sliding doors, mobile charging sockets. Energy-efficient LED light fittings have been provided in each coach with 50 per cent emergency lights. GPS-based public address and Passenger Information System (PAPIS) comprising screen displays and loud speakers in each coach facilitates passengers regarding stations on way. For secure travel, CCTV surveillance system with networking features has also been incorporated. Two lavatories with bio-tank have also been provided in each trailer coach.”

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