Lucknow Metro to receive third Metro Train by mid-April

LUCKNOW: Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) said that it is expecting to receive its third train by the second week of April as the train is ready to be dispatched by March 31. The LMRC has received second train only 5 days ago.

The wrapped train coaches arrived at the LMRC’s Transport Nagar depot on March 24 night through pilot vehicles via Kanpur Road. These trains are being manufactured by Alstom Transport at their manufacturing plant at Sri City (near Chennai) in Andhra Pradesh and are transported through road with pilot vehicles.

Each train is loaded on a special trailer having 64 wheels. A 180-tonne crane is used to unload 40 tonne cars using a special spreader. A specialised safety team also supervises for safe unloading of trains. It takes about 6 hours to unload all four cars.

While the first train is in advanced stages of trials and ready to get approval from the RDSO and Chief Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety soon, the second train would be inspected within the depot and also on track by LMRC’s own expert team and engineers. LMRC MD Kumar Keshav said, “We hope to run both metro trains on track one after the other from mid of April.”

This second train will also be used for testing of signalling system with multiple trains running in sections. LMRC said that eearlier RDSO has successfully completed oscillation trials for Lucknow Metro in record time ahead of scheduled date of completion of trials. They confirmed that the fourth train to be run on priority section from Transport Nagar to Charbagh on about 8.5 km is also in advanced stages of designing and manufacturing and would be ready before the commercial launch of Lucknow Metro.

In case of first train which is currently to be approved by the RDSO, its testing has been done but test results are to be cross examined by RDSO before forwarding it to the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS). LMRC said “Complete test reports along with detailed safety examination report based on separately conducted inspection on site by CMRS will then be forwarded to the Ministry of Railways for approval.