Thane yard remodelling to increase train speeds
In a New Year gift to Central Railway (CR) commuters, the ongoing remodeling of Thane yard is set to increase train speeds.
With the induction of 11 crossovers on tracks after removing diamond crossings, the speed will increase from 15 kmph to 30 kmph. This will facilitate quicker entry and dispatch of trains to the north side of Thane station and CST. There will be no long halts at signals. CR imposed two mega blocks of 12 and 16 hours between December 29 and 31 to remodel the yard, commission route relay inter-locking system to improve signaling reliability and test-charge the AC power system.
The yard remodelling will help run more passenger trains from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, instead of CST. By March 31, long-distance trains will make a single halt at Thane station instead of a double, saving time. Vidyadhar Malegaonkar, chief spokesperson for CR, said the 11 pairs of shuttle services announced in Railway Budget 2012-13 between Thane and Karjat and Kasara will begin on February 15. "Thane-Kasara and Thane-Karjat shuttle services, stopped due to technical reasons, will restart after the remodeling," he said.
The work has also brought down by 8 minutes waiting time for passengers trains at Thane station.