First AC local train starts in Mumbai

Marsha Scott
December 27, 2017

Initially meant to be run on the Central Railway (CR) corridor, the AC train service was later allotted to run on the WR corridor. "We hope commuters do not repeat this in a train like this", said a senior railway official.

Unlike the usual "local" trains in Mumbai that feature commuters precariously hanging out of open doors, their air-conditioned counterparts will have automatic doors that shut completely before the rake begins pulling out of the station, Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer, WR said.

The AC train has been categorized as a "premium train with low frequency" and the fare has been pegged at 1.3 times the prevailing first-class fare.

The Indian railway started its operation 14 year earlier - on April 16, 1853 - when the first train ran between Bori Bunder (now, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) to Thane, a distance of 34 km, the first in India. The minimum fare will be Rs 60 and the maximum Rs 220.

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"It was totally a different sort of an experience". From 1st January 2018, the AC train will run from Churchgate to Virar. He added that tickets will accordingly be issued for all services from December 25 onwards. Punctuality of fast train services on WR was affected after a 12.24 pm AC local train halted for additional time at Andheri railway station. With more rakes, it promises a more comfortable ride through the coming summer.

Western Railway will start its air-conditioned local services today with a Borivali-Churchgate service commencing at 10:30am on Monday. The final fare chart will be out on Sunday.

The 12-coach train will halt at six stations between Borivali and Churchgate until Friday. The only slow AC service will be from Mahalaxmi to Borivli after which it will run from Borivli to Churchgate.

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