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Lakhs of commuters at the Harbour Line will enjoy a clean experience this monsoon because the Central Railway (CR) is set to do away with outdated retrofitted rakes, changing them with extra dependable Siemens rakes.

When the tracks flood all over the monsoons, retrofitted rakes – trains that earlier operated on a right away current (DC), but have been modified to work on an alternating current (AC) – would incessantly spoil down because the floodwater entered their motors.

“It was simply no longer conceivable to operate these trains at the tracks even with a little bit flooding, as they'd come to a standstill. Repairing them within the automotive shed was also very tricky,” a CR reputable mentioned.


However, CR is now expecting the coming of 3 Bombardier rakes, of which one has already arrived, while another two are expected in 15 days. These three rakes will be inducted in the principle CR line, and the Siemens rakes will then be despatched at the Harbour Line, changing the retrofitted rakes.

“Before monsoons set in, we will be able to pull out all four retrofitted rakes. With the Siemens rakes, trains can be operated on flooded tracks without too many problems,” an reputable mentioned.


There are 40 rakes at the Harbour Line, 36 of that are Siemens, while four are retrofitted rakes. A total of 612 products and services are run at the CR Harbour Line the usage of these 40 rakes.

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