Central Railway has told the railway ministry that it will require 15 Mainline Electrical Multiple Units (MEMUs) to replace 11 trains that are hauled by diesel locomotives on several passenger routes. MEMUs are like Mumbai's local trains but with one major difference that they are narrower. The good news for the passengers is that these MEMUs are faster and can allow CR to run more trips on some routes where patronage is high.
CR will also be setting up a carshed for the maintenance and overhaul of these MEMUs at Ajni near Nagpur. At the moment, CR does not have any MEMU carshed. which was one of the reasons the recently-commissioned Pune-Daund electrified line got a diesel-powered Diesel-Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU).
CR Wants MEMU instead of DEMU
1) Diva Vasai Road
2) Diva Roha (After Complete Electrification)
3) Pune Daund
MENU trains required on
CR have many section Where Memu trains are required
Hope that railway ministry flag green for this project
AS IT chugs out of the Pune Railway Station for Daund, the DEMU is already late by almost an hour. Though the seating capacity is for 1,081 passengers and double the number can travel standing, there are hardly 300 occupants in the train. Almost four coaches at the rear end of the rake are totally empty, a rare sight in Indian trains.
The Diesel Electrical Multiple Unit (DEMU) commenced its operations last week after it was inaugurated by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. Although it did over 40 trips since then, it has rarely plied on time, which seems to have dampened the initial enthusiasm among the passengers