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Friday , 19 April 2024

Overhead Rail Corridor to use standard gauge

The Oval Maidan-Churchgate-Virar elevated corridor on the Mumbai suburban rail section will be built using a standard gauge track with a width of four feet and eight-and-a-quarter inches, as opposed to the normal five feet and six inches wide track for broad gauge trains used in India. This will make the train coaches on the elevated corridor 3.22 metres wide ? the same width as the Delhi Metro trains. Standard gauge trains accommodate lesser people, but negotiate bends better and make for better and more comfortable travel at high speeds. Moreover, most train manufacturers around the world now make standard gauge coaches and not broad gauge trains. The project will need about 25 to 35 rakes to have a full-fledged daily service.

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