Central Railway (CR) commuters could soon enjoy travelling in Bombardier rakes with 15-16 of them likely to be pressed into service following a request to the Railway Board earlier this month. This means that a few of the old Siemens or BHEL rakes in use at present on CR may get replaced with better performing and more efficient Bombardier rakes — Bombardier is a Canadian aerospace and transportation company.
At present, 49 of the 86 rakes in Western Railway (WR) are Bombardier rakes. Before this, former CR General Manager Sunil Kumar Sood had refrained from pressing Bombardier rakes into service as he believed the maintenance work of different types of rakes would be difficult for the CR. According to railway officials, at least 15 of the 72 rakes to be delivered to WR will be given to the CR. “Yes, there is a possibility that at least 15-16 Bombardier rakes may be roped into service in CR. Though the Board is yet to give a sanction on the same, we are expecting a positive decision on it. While initial rakes brought in were tall enough to interfere with the low-lying bridges of CR, the rest of the rakes have been adjusted with their heights. They are fit to be run on any line of the CR,” said a senior CR official.
This will be the first time that CR will get brand new trains instead of ones being passed on from WR. “The Bombardier rakes are smoother, have a rough texture for better grip. They are also seamless on tracks and run faster, thus saving the overall commute time for commuters. Its defects are lesser and are also very spacious from inside “ said a CR official. Railway activists have called this a good move in favour of CR commuters.
“This is a good move. Using Siemens in place of Bombardier rakes for CR was a wrong decision taken in the past. These rakes will help commuters get a better commuting experience, “ said Shubhash Gupta, chairperson, Railway Yatri Parishad.