With the 1st Alstom train arriving in Lucknow on November 19 and officially commencing trial runs on December 1, I think it’s an excellent time to showcase its new home where the 22.9 km north-south line‘s 20 train fleet will spend their nights to get cleaned & maintained for running uninterrupted services throughout the year.
Lucknow’s Transport Nagar Depot has been built on a 46.5 acre land parcel that previously housed the 32nd battalion of Uttar Pradesh’s Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC). The foundation stone for the depot was laid by the state’s Chief Minister in March 2014 just weeks before the 2014’s 16th Lok Sabha Election, and construction work by Sam (India) Built Well Pvt. Ltd started soon after. One of the very first posts I wrote on the depot, when work on the pre-engineered steel framework of one of the sheds was just being setup in October 2015, can be seen here. A follow up post with nice close-up images shot in November 2015 can be seen here.
The 3 pre-engineered structures within the depot were built by Richa Industries on a subcontract from Sam (India) Built Well Pvt. Ltd, and includes an Inspection Bay Line (IBL) & Workshop Shed Line (WSL), Stabling Shed Line (SBL) and an Interior Cleaning, Pit Wheel & Lathe Shed. The 1st set of tracks arrived at the depot in early January 2016 and LMRCL’s contractor laid the first pair of 13m tracks soon after.
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Interested in similar picture tours elsewhere? Here are links to posts on Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai Metro’s depots:
For more updates, check out the Lucknow section of The Metro Rail Guy!