1st Refurbished Non-AC Train Rejoins Kolkata Metro

India’s Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu yesterday inaugurated the first of seven refurbished metro train-sets in Kolkata! The train was built roughly 25 years ago by the now defunct NGEF Ltd. in Bangalore and was refurbished by a team from the Titagarh Wagons Ltd at the Metro’s Noapara Workshop at a cost of Rs 3.6 crores.

The train has now rejoined the fleet and comes with a host of new features (see list at the bottom) to aid passengers but ironically still lacks air conditioning which is quite vital, especially while travelling underground. Following its inauguration, the train made one trip from Noapara to New Garia and back. Over the next 18 months, the rest of the 6 train-sets will be refurbished and pressed back into service one after another.

As per AK Kundu who serves the Chief Rolling Stock Engineer:

The original plan was to commission the first rehabilitated rake in March this year but this got delayed by two months. This is because first time it takes a longer time to carry out such a massive overhaul. Now on, it will take us about three to four months to rehabilitate one rake. Despite hiring TWL, we were also closely involved in the job and put in much labor.

Source: Newsmen

Inside the 1st refurbished metro train – Source: Newsmen

Here’s a list of features via the Newsmen:

  1. Old passenger seats and backrests replaced with new ones of polycarbonate material.
  2. Transparent glass partition at both ends of the seats similar to the ones in the AC coaches.
  3. Audio visual passenger information system along with a passenger route indication board provided.
  4. Old ventilation fans replaced with low-noise fans that will make the coaches more airy and less humid.
  5. LED tube lights provided in place of fluorescent tube lights inside the coaches.
  6. All interior panels replaced with anodized aluminium panels similar to AC rakes.
  7. Old windows replaced with new modified ones that are easy to handle and will not get stuck.
  8. Old vestibules replaced by new ones that have transparent sheet to allow daylight in pass through.
  9. All existing handrails replaced with new ones.
  10. Old aluminium chequered flooring replaced by fire resistance PVC flooring similar to AC coaches.
  11. Fresh coat of paint on the exterior that has giving it a brand new look.

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


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6 Responses to "1st Refurbished Non-AC Train Rejoins Kolkata Metro"

  1. Adri Roy Chowdhury says:

    Yess ! Finally got them !

  2. Pradipta Das says:

    What’s the use of them when u got no ac’s in there?? It’ll all be in vain ??

  3. Mukund says:

    Still old is gold. If all the trains are a/c it’s no fun.

  4. Utsav says:

    Colossal waste of 25.2 crores of public money. These will again be converted to AC rakes in two years time once the new Chinese rakes start arriving. What was the problem in converting them to AC once & for all.

    • Atul srivastav says:

      The amount of money they wasted in changing seats, panels, floor, windows. With that money they could have easily installed AC. Common people need AC more than useless beautification.


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