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The first AC local train is going to hit the tracks from February 2019 in North India and we cannot be more happy about it.
What Is It?
Indian Railways much awaited first air-conditioned train is ready to hit the tracks in North India. The train is set for its maiden run in February 2019. The MENU (mainline electric multiple unit) train is set to run between Delhi and cities of Uttar Pradesh, located at a distance of 200-300 km from Delhi.
The upgraded Menu air-conditioned train is developed to run at a speed of 130 kmph, 30 kmph faster than the previous version. Apparently the upgraded version has been manufactured at a cost of 26 crores with a capacity of 2618 passengers against the capacity of 2402 passengers in the previous version.
The train would consists of eight coaches and all the coaches would be equipped with two toilets each, GPS-enabled information system, automated doors, CCTV surveillance systems and cushioned seats.
Mr. Sudhanshu Mani, the General Manager of Integral Coach factory (ICF) said “We have requested (the) Railway Board to allot this rake to (the) Northern Railway…. This rake will be based in Delhi and will run from there to other cities”
He added that these new-generation MEMU trains were comparable to the Train 18, which will be launched soon.