Earlier this year in March, Alstom threw an event to unveil the shell of what will become Kochi’s first metro train at their manufacturing facility located in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. The design of the trains hasn’t yet been unveiled, but I’ll keep a look out for that.
Here are some images of the first train car in all its glory.
As per the contract, Alstom will deliver 25 train-sets to KMRL which will be about 65 meters in length and have a capacity of 975 passengers. The first set of coaches are expected to be delivered by December 2015 and trial runs will begin in early 2016 for a June 2016 start.
These trains will operate over the 25.6 km long elevated line and are expected to carry up to 15,000 passengers per hour and direction. Also built into the contract with Alstom is the option to purchase an additional 25 train-sets if required in the future.
For more updates on Kochi’s Metro, check out the Kochi section of the TMRG!
September 2 2015 Update: The Rolling Stock’s cool design has been made public! See: Kochi Metro’s Rolling Stock Design & New Logo Unveiled