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Chennai metro begin trial on second track

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A trial run of a metro rail train was conducted on the second line between Koyambedu and Ashok Nagar. The line was recently electrified.

“We operated a train once soon after electrification. This is the second trial. Regular trials began from Thursday on the parallel line from CMBT to Ashok Nagar,” said a senior Chennai Metro Rail Ltd official. The stretch is part of the CMBT-Alandur-St Thomas Mount elevated line scheduled to be opened for traffic early next year.

Two trains were pulled using a diesel locomotive at different speeds. Overhead power cables will be tested, after which rakes with metro rail engines will be tested. Officials will monitor performance of the tracks and the different parameters of the train in the coming days.

Several trials will have to be carried out before the line can be opened. The line till Ashok Nagar is ready and work on laying tracks and installing overhead cables from Ashok Nagar to Alandur is underway. The viaduct till Alandur station over Kathipara flyover is complete. Sources said CMRL officials planned to extend trials to Alandur as early as possible.

Read the full report at Times of India

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