The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation acts in strange ways. It was only last month they held a fancy event to launch trial runs on the 58.596 km Pink Line and now they’ve ever so silently started trials runs on a small section of the 38.235 km Magenta Line!
This feat took place on the morning of May 28 while I was away on a little break. During this trial run, one of the Hyundai Rotem trains slowly made its way from the Kalindi Kunj Depot to the Okhla Vihar station through the Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh station. Other details about the run including future plans are a little sketchy at the moment, but it appears only 1 run was made to check for physical infringements and see how the train interacts with the viaduct & track system.
June 9 Update: The DMRC has confirmed the commencement of trial runs in the following press release:
The initial trial runs on a 3.5 km long stretch between Kalindi Kunj Depot and Okhla Vihar Metro station of Magenta Line/Line 8 (Janakpuri west to Botanical Garden) have started at a low speed. During these trials, the interface of the Metro train will be checked to ensure that there is no physical infringement with civil infrastructure during the movement of the train on the track and also testing of various subsystems of coaches shall be done.
Later on, in stages, the new signaling technology to be implemented on this corridor and Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) will also undergo rigorous testing.
The response of the train at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the Operations Control Centre (OCC) will also be monitored during the trials. The behavior of the track system and the Over Head Electrification (OHE) will be checked repeatedly.
Here’s a video shot by a local resident who spotted the trial run:
And here’s a look at the progress made at the Jasola Vihar station. This station has a set of pocket tracks that runs on its eastern end. Further east of it, a unique 1 km long stabling yard to supplement the Kalindi Kunj Depot is under construction by Afcons Infra (CC-94 project).
Trial runs to Botanical Gardens will only start towards the end of the year as the line’s Yamuna bridge is not yet ready. View more details and see images here: [Pics] Progress of Delhi Metro’s Yamuna Bridge at Okhla
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