More Metro Rakes Arrive from Brazil - The New Indian Express

More Metro Rakes Arrive from Brazil

Published: 28th November 2013 07:19 AM

Last Updated: 28th November 2013 11:43 AM

Two more Metro Rail trains manufactured in Brazil have reached Chennai Port and will be taken to Koyambedu within the next two-three days.

In all, eight rakes were unloaded using a 125 metric tonne mobile crane, according to a Chennai Metro Rail spokesman. They will be loaded on vehicles and shipped to the Metro rail depot in Koyambedu.

This comes in the wake of the arrival of a Diesel Shunting Locomotive, which is designed to haul four-six car trains. The locomotive will be used within Koyambedu depot, hauling trains for repairs or rescue from a viaduct or a tunnel.

Meanwhile, the first Metro train is undergoing a test run for 1,600 km before going in for a trial run on the elevated stretch. Metro Rail officials said that work on the Koyambedu station - the first station on the elevated stretch - is progressing smoothly. This station is connected to the depot and shunting neck and is the only station that will have a foot overbridge on the platform.

For accessing the foot overbridge, lift and escalator will be provided.

A total of 95 per cent of the block work has been completed. Two out of nine roof trusses have been erected. Similarly, four out of six escalators have been erected. Ninety per cent of the granite flooring has also been completed, Metro rail sources said.

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