Western Railway will check the conclusion of an era this week as its lead ‘Millennium Rake’ retires after 25 years of service, 15 years in its modern avatar and 10 years sometime recently that in its brown and yellow outfit. The silver-and-maroon train was presented in 2005. It was the first with GPS markers, speakers, aero-dynamic looks and comforts.
The model was made within the city, at the Mahalaxmi workshop, where it was updated from an existing 10-year-old Direct Current (DC) local train. The train has at last depleted its codal life, which is why it’ll be put to rest, The Railway Authorities have informed.
A senior railway official said that initially presented as a nine-car train, along with traveller data system, GPS-enabled train-positioning framework, a centralised air duct has proven as a luxury in those days. Built at the cost of Rs 2 crore, it served as a model rake for today’s trains.
Important Facts of ‘Millennium Rake’
- Oct 17, 2005 – The Day train was introduced
- One of the path-breaking trains for Mumbai’s rural railway system.
- General Manager Late Anoop Krishna Jhingron had presented the train in 2005 at Churchgate, at that point, the Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav had hailed it off at a public function.
- The train numbered 931-932, discreetly passed into history as the method for disassembling it started prior this week at the Kandivli car shed.
- It had been the first one to break the omnipresent brown and dust-yellow-coloured-trains shape that had served the city for decades since the 1920s.
- Western Railway Mumbai’s Divisional Railway Manager’s office at Mumbai Central displays a replica model of the train till date.
- With the GPS facility, the electronic LCD display introduced within the train educated travellers about the approaching station and direction of the platform.
- Also, a programmed pre-recorded tape declared the title of the drawing closer station which was an innovation in those days.
- In 2005, Mahalakshmi workshop modified the train into DC/AC thousand years EMU with cutting edge highlights and interiors like LED display, IVRS and air blowers.
- Among the ancient Direct Current local trains, it kept up its uniqueness in spite of the launch of other new hi-end trains like Siemens, Bombardier, Medha, and BHEL local trains.
Electric rural trains in Mumbai were presented on Western Railway, once in the past called the Bombay Baroda and Central India (BB&CI) in 1928. The first one was hailed off by Governor Sir Leslie Wilson on January 5, 1928, between Colaba and Borivli in front of 700 invitees.