Troublemaker BHEL Rakes to get DC to AC makeover

Mumbai: The Central Railway (CR) is all set to kill two birds with one stone. In addition to the work of converting the electrical lines between CST and Kurla from 1,500 Volt Direct Current (DC) to 25,000 Volt Alternate Current (AC), the CR also intends to make five of its Bharat Heavy Electric Limited (BHEL) rakes AC compliant.

This means the electrical wiring of the Bhel rakes will have to be changed. The fast and slow lines between CST and Kurla currently run on DC.

The officials said the plan would ensure that the Bhel rakes do not stop mid service due to electrical failures anymore.

This would also ensure that CR is not dependent on the Western Railway (WR) to procure the AC rakes, officials said.

An official on condition of anonymity said, “We will get the Railway Board approval by Monday, but this is huge for the CR as commuters will have fewer failures to complain about.”

Officials have said that after the initial five rakes, the remaining 10 Bhel rakes too would be converted to AC. Another advantage of this would be that they can be run at 100 kmph and therefore run on fast lines.

“The Bhel trains still have a life span of another 15 years so we can run these trains at 100 kmph as compared to the rest, which can run at only 80 kmph; so we have an added advantage of having more rakes running on the fast track,” added the official.

The Bhel rakes have been causing trouble since they were introduced in the CR’s suburban services