Central Railway completes 90 Years of Electric Local Train : Tuesday was a red-letter day for the Central Railway as it celebrated the first-ever run of an electrical multiple unit (EMU) exactly 90 years ago on February 3, 1925.
From where to where did it run?
A four-coach rake, it was flagged off by then governor of Mumbai Sir Leslie Wilson, and it ran between Victoria Terminus, now Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus, and Kurla on the Harbour Line.
However, much has changed since then, something acknowledged in an official statement sent by CR to commemorate the occasion.
What’s the Harbour Line of today like?
Harbour Line today is possibly the fastest growing suburban segment in the country, with an annual passenger growth of over 9% for the past decade. The fact that it runs some of the oldest Direct Current rakes, that too nine-coach, on its tracks has also meant that it faces more frequent traffic disruptions than other CR segments, agreed officials.
The running of coal and fuel wagons, the main revenue earner for the railways, is an added headache for the people who regularly commute on the Harbour Line.
What are the positives on the anvil?
In the past two to three years, good news is slowly trickling in for the section. There are plans to create a 49-kilometre air-conditioned elevated corridor between CST and Panvel with a spur going to the proposed Navi Mumbai airport.
Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation, which is working on lengthening the platforms of Harbour Line to run 12-coach trains, believes the work should be completed by the end of this year or early next year.
By next year, work on converting its electrical systems from 1,500-volt Direct Current to 25,000-volt Alternating Current is also expected to begin.
How the locals got longer over the years
1925: 4-coach on Harbour Line
1927: 8-coach on Main Line and Harbour Line
1961: 9-coach on Main Line
1986: 12-coach on Main Line
1987: 12-coach towards Karjat
2008: 12-coach towards Kasara
2010: 12-coach on Transharbour Line
2012: 15-coach on Main Line
How the services, crowds increased
1925: 150 services and 2.2 lakh passengers daily
1935: 330 services and 3 lakh passengers daily
1945: 485 services daily; passenger figure not available
1951: 519 services and 4 lakh passengers daily
1961: 553 services and 5 lakh passengers daily
1971: 586 services and 6 lakh passengers daily
1981: 703 services and 13.2 lakh passengers daily
1991: 1,015 services and 23.5 lakh passengers daily
2001: 1,086 services and 28.5 lakh passengers daily
2015: 1,618 services and 41 lakh passengers daily http://www.railnews.co.in/central-railway-completes-90-years-of-electric-local-train/