Bombardier Delivers First of 162 New Coaches to Delhi Metro

On September 21, Bombardier Transportation held a small ceremony at the InnoTrans 2016 Conference in Berlin, Germany to commemorate the delivery of the 1st new MOVIA coach of a 162 coach order to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. This order is part of package RS-11 for which the DMRC in July 2014 invited tenders to add additional trains and convert some of the last remaining 6-coach MOVIA trains into 8-coach formations. In mid-2015, Bombardier emerged as the sole technically qualified bidder (no surprise) and went on to be awarded a Rs. 1497.98 crore contract.

The new coaches from RS-11 will increase DMRC’s Bombardier fleet from 614 to 776 coaches and make it one of the largest Bombardier metro fleets in the world. Deliveries from Bombardier’s Savli plant in Gujarat were promised to start in Q3 2016 and are right on schedule. The last coach from the order is expected to be delivered by mid-2018.

Bombardier has in the past fulfilled 3 major DMRC orders. Here’s a list of all orders along with the order month & year.

• RS-2: 340 (July 2007) + option of additional 84 (March 2008)
• RS-5: 74 (June 2010) + option of additional 40 (July 2010)
• RS-7: 76 (September 2011)
• RS-11: 162 (June 2015)
Total= 776 Coaches

The new coaches will be pushed into service on the Yellow (Line-2) and Blue (Line-3, Line-4) lines after undergoing intensive testing and will add much needed capacity in light of the delays being faced in Phase 3’s construction. As per the DMRC’s Rolling Stock Director, HS Anand:

These new cars are being procured by Delhi Metro for services on its presently operational red, blue and yellow lines. These cars will be put into service in a phased manner after the mandatory tests and trials. The addition of these cars will go a long way in providing safe and comfortable travel to our valued commuters.

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Stock photo of Delhi’s Bombardier coach – Photo Copyright: Bombardier India

Commemorative key handed over to the DMRC’s team in Berlin – Photo Copyright: Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier’s website has an excellent fact-sheet on Delhi Metro’s MOVIA trains and contains a schematic, train specifications, performance and technical characteristics – check it out here.

For more updates, check out the Delhi section of The Metro Rail Guy!

– TMRG

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19 Responses to "Bombardier Delivers First of 162 New Coaches to Delhi Metro"

  1. Jasdeep says:

    So by 2018, all trains on yellow and blue lines would have 8 coaches?

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    • TMRG says:

      12 train-sets will be left with 6-coaches. Both lines have 73 6-coach trains and 61 of those are planned to be converted from this and BEML’s order for 96 new coaches (RS-13). Check out this press release for a breakdown.

      Reply
  2. Siddhant Kumar says:

    Whenever the partly demolished building issue after i.p extension metro station gets solved you write write about it.

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  3. Aby k says:

    any news on Delhi phase 3 dmrc recently revised trial run deadline to December for janakpuri to botanical garden n for pink line dey have not disclosed anything strange

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    • TMRG says:

      Trial runs will be extended to Botanical Garden very soon after which services between Kalkaji-Botanical Garden can be expected to start in mid-2017.

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  4. Shikhar says:

    In the post you wrote that these new Bombardier trains will be used on only the Yellow and Blue lines. But as per DMRC’s rolling stock director’s statement, the trains will be used on the Red line as well. Please clear the confusion in this regard. Currently only the Hyundai rotem trains are servicing the Red line.

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    • TMRG says:

      Hi, Bombardier’s trains are and will be used only for the Yellow & Blue lines. The LOA for this order and another 96 coach (RS-13) order to BEML were given within 3 weeks of each other to add capacity across the Red-Yellow-Blue lines, so perhaps he was talking about the grand scheme of things.

      You might like this press release from the DMRC which goes over their rolling stock plan on the current lines.

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  5. Toshi says:

    In today’s HT,it’s a news that trial will commence on kalindikunj-botanical strech from 25 oct.
    But when will whole line trial begin,god knows as DMRC is repeatedly missing deadline and disguising people.

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  6. santosh says:

    wat about pink line ashram – vinobhapuri tunnel update, when breakthrough is expected?

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    • TMRG says:

      Supposed to take place soon. One of the TBMs has reached the Vinobhapuri station but the base slab (where the TBM will be placed post-breakthrough) is not yet ready. I’m eagerly waiting for this development.

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  7. Aby k says:

    At least dmrc can extend trial run to hauz khas for magenta line it will bring huge time saving and convenient for south Delhi ppl

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    • TMRG says:

      That would be nice, but the last couple of TBM breakthroughs on the Kalkaji-Hauz Khas section took place just 5 months ago (Eg. S890 at GK, S723 at Nehru Place) and it takes time to dismantle them, clean up the tunnels and perform the remaining activities of laying the track-bed and installing the track, signalling, telecom etc. I don’t expect trials here to begin before June 2017.

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  8. Shikhar says:

    Why are there no Bombardier trains running on the red line? This time too, there was no order for Bombardier trains for the Red line. Is there any technical issue?

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    • TMRG says:

      I believe it’s related to maintenance. It’s usually good practice to concentrate a certain type/batch of trains on one line than to spread them out across multiple lines. Sort of similar to how Indigo Airlines only operates A320s or Southwest Airlines operates B737s to keep training & maintenance costs low.

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  9. Aby says:

    What is current status of munirka-vasant vihar shaft.I read that dmrc is planning to conduct special trial for igi domestic- janakpuri west by lauching trains at palam station ramp.
    Pls. Update about full strech viz kalindikunj – janakpuri west.

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