Western Railway introduces new Bombardier EMU rakes

Western Railway has introduced the new age Bombardier EMU rake from March 18, 2015 in its regular suburban train service. Bombardier-I

The first service of this new rake with many improved and comfortable features, was operated from Platform No. 2 of Churchgate station, as Borivali slow local which departed on its historical run on 11:32 am on March 18, 2015, in the presence of Devendra Kumar Sharma, Chief Electrical Engineer of Western Railway, Prabhat Sahai, Chairman & Managing Director of Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation, alongwith other senior officers of Western Railway.

Bombardier will provide 72 rakes that will be used in Mumbai suburban rail network of which 32 will be used by Western Railway and 40 will be used by Central Railway, Narendra Patil, CPRO, Central Railway told IRailNews.

All the rakes will be in service by December 2016, Western Railway official told IRailNews.

Salient features of the new age Bombardier rakes are: 

  • First of its kind stainless steel coach
  • Stainless Steel Straight Sidewall
  • Stainless Steel Fluted Panel for roof
  • Aluminium composite interior panelling for inside walls and roof
  • Aerodynamic profile of driving cab for better aesthetics and energy conservation
  • Roof Mounted Forced Ventilation System which will supply16000 cubic m/hr fresh air
  • Passenger Information System with Double Sided Displays
  • Ergonomically profiled PU foam Cushioned First class seats with Stainless Steel frame
  • Polycarbonate Second class seats with Stainless Steel frame
  • Doorway and compartment partitions with Stainless Steel Tubular frame structure with Honeycomb panelling
  • Stainless steel handholds with Polycarbonate grab handles with more hand holding space
  • Wider windows with Polycarbonate Louvers for panoramic view
  • Easy to slide, light weight sliding doors having user-friendly locks/ latches and maintenance free rollers
  • Exterior painting scheme and Signage with enhanced aesthetic standards


State of the art maintenance free technology


  • Estimated 35% Regeneration of Electrical Energy during braking
  • Microprocessor based control system with built-in fault diagnostics for smoother control, facilitating trouble shooting and easy maintenance
  • Prevention of damage to OHE and pantograph in case of unusual by Inclusion of ADD (Automatic drop device) and ORD (Overreach detection) in pantograph
  • Maximum speed potential 100kmph