Running 15-car trains on Churchgate-Andheri route could mean ferrying fewer commuters, say railway officials after the Union Railway Minister asked the authorities to consider increasing the number of 15-car trains on both fast and slow corridors of the suburban section.
Here’s why. The distance between two signal posts (stations) on the 21-km Churchgate-Andheri corridor of the rail network is smaller. A 15-car train surpasses the length of track between two signals on the slow line. Trains do not get a green signal if the rake ahead has not completely cleared the portion between two signals. More 15-car rakes would, therefore, affect railway punctuality, other than passenger safety.
Western Railway authorities plan to add 22 services on Andheri-Virar stretch in January as the distance between signal poles can easily accommodate 15-car trains. Read more