The motor-car of the first train for Kochi’s Metro was recently spotted getting ready for delivery at Alstom’s rolling stock manufacturing plant located at Sri City, Andhra Pradesh! This coach is part of the 75 coach (25 train-sets x 3 coach) contract that Alstom India had won in August 2014 after quoting a price of Rs 633 crore. The 2.9m wide & 65m long trains will be able to accommodate up to 975 passengers with 140 of them seated.
Here is a rendering of how the train will look like:
This coach will soon hit the road on a ~720 km journey and be delivered to Kochi Metro’s Muttom depot in the first week of January 2016 which is currently being prepared by Larsen & Toubro under the guidance of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Once the train is received, it will begin trials within the depot and later come out on to the main line once the ramp connecting it to the depot is ready. As per recent reports, the trials will initially take place on the 7 km stretch between Muttom & Edappally.
Who else is excited besides me? 🙂
For more updates on Kochi’s Metro, check out the Kochi section of the The Metro Rail Guy!