Salem (SA): Salem division of the Southern Railways has introduced high horse power diesel electric multiple unit (DEMU) rakes on Salem-Vridhachalam railway line on Friday. According to railway officials, the existing train was replaced by the new DEMU and passengers would get lot of benefits.
“The rakes of the train numbers 56835/56836 and 56837/56838 plying in the Salem-Vridhachalam segment will be replaced by the modern 1,400 high horse power DEMU rakes from Friday onwards,” said G V Venkatesan, public relations officer of Salem division. He said the rake would consist of eight coaches, of which two are driving power coaches (DPC or locomotive connected passenger cars) on both the ends and the remaining six passenger coaches.
The main advantages of these rakes are that coaches are inter-connected with each other by vestibules, so as to enable the passengers to walk from end to end. The capacity of the passenger cars will be 312 (96 sitting+216 standing) as against 90 in the conventional day coaches. In the two DPCs, the passenger capacity will be 138 (53 sitting+85 standing).
In addition, since there are two driving power cars attached to both the ends, there is no need for turnaround of the locomotive at the destination in these push-pull type rakes. “Usually, the railway personnel detaches the engine from the rack and attaches it to the other end when the train reaches its destination. That time will be saved now,” the PRO said and added that there would be a toilet available at one end of each passenger car.
T No.56835 will leave from Vridhachalam at 6am and will reach Salem by 9.20am. Similarly, T No.56838 will be leaving for Vridhachalam from Salem junction at 9.50 am and reach its destination around 12.55pm. Alternatively, T.No.56837 will leave Vridhachalam at 1.30pm and will reach Salem 4.45pm and again will depart from Salem around 6.30pm and will halt at Vridhachalam at 10.05pm.
BJP cadres welcomed the new DEMU train at Salem town railway station on Friday morning. Led by district general secretary R P Gopinath, all the cadres distributed sweets to the passengers.