Indore Metro’s Trial Runs Start Inside Gandhi Nagar Depot

Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Co Ltd (MPMRCL) on Saturday started train testing activities for 33.53 km Indore Metro Phase 1 project inside Gandhi Nagar Depot.

MPMRCL and Alstom’s engineers operated their first Movia train-set, which arrived from Gujarat in August-end, out of the depot’s inspection shed and onto the inspection bay line (IBL) for a roughly 200 meter round-trip. The event has been labelled by MPMRCL as a “safety run”.

Videos can be viewed here and here on X (Twitter). Here are a few screenshots from them:

MPMRCL was earlier targeting to start trial runs on Indore Metro Yellow Line‘s 5.8 km Super Corridor section on September 15, but Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister is no longer available for the event, per Economic Times. The official trial run will now take place later in the month.

Map of Indore Metro’s Super Corridor section between Gandhi Nagar – MR 10 via MPMRCL – view Indore Metro info & full map

To facilitate upcoming trial runs on the main-line, Texmaco – ISC JV through Package IN-08 had completed all track-work in August-end.

  • Ballastless Track Casting – approx. 7600 m (excluding turnout length) completed in 2 working months 
  • Ballastless Track Turnouts – 13 installed at record breaking speed in just 27 days

Depot Ballasted Track Progress Summary

  • Test Track – 960 m
  • Ballasted Track – 690 m
  • Ballasted Turnout – 14
  • Stabling Line – 220 m
  • Inspection Bay Line – 150 m
  • Coach Unloading Line – 111 m
  • Buffer Stop Installation – 4
Photo by ISC Projects / Gurlaksh Chhabra
Newly cast turnout – Photo by ISC Projects / Gurlaksh Chhabra

The project’s electrification contractor, Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd (KPTL), working on Package IN-09 completed Third Rail installation activities on the Super Corridor section this Friday and charged it between Super Corridor 6 and Super Corridor 3 stations.

Batch of Third Rail arriving between Super Corridor 5 & 4 stations in July – Photo by Nishant Gupta
Installation in progress in August – Photo by Nishant Gupta

Even though trial runs on the main-line will be held up due to the CM’s unavailability, there’s a possibility of MPMRCL still going ahead and launching trial runs discreetly in the dead of night – just like what happened in Lucknow in 2016. I’ll be keeping a close watch…

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6 Responses to "Indore Metro’s Trial Runs Start Inside Gandhi Nagar Depot"

  1. Kartik says:

    Considering that the construction of this section started in Dec 2021, the teams have done a tremendous job of executing the entire thing in 21 months which is amazing.

    Well done all the contractors and team mpmrcl

  2. ABCD says:

    Hey TMRG how much would you rate the metro rake design out of the 10 ?


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