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Mumbai's brand new train
rediff News Bureau | October 17, 2005
For those compelled to commute in Mumbai, here's a question on a lot of minds: What is the new train like?
The train in question is the Western Railway's Millennium Train, which has been given an overhaul focusing on commuter comfort. Here, in answer to that question, is what you can expect:
The nine-coach train will have a state-of-the-art stainless steel look, stronger railings, comfortable foam seating, user friendly signs flashing names of stations coming up, and -- best of all -- lots of light and fresh air thanks to overhead ducts and a lot more fans.
There's also a two-way radio system, leading to better communication between the engine driver, guard and passengers.
Set to run on a trial basis for a while, the Railways intend to introduce more coaches based on commuter feedback.
Given a green signal at Churchgate earlier on Monday, the Millennium Train ran until Bandra. The reaction so far -- The Railways have not splurged on a new train. They have just refurnished an older one.
Photographs: Arun Patil