INDIA: BEML has begun delivering a development batch of 10 nine-car electric multiple-units built to a revised design which features stainless steel car bodies.

Indian Railways is planning to use the new design to gradually replace existing steel EMUs in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai which suffer from corrosion. The EMU is intended to offer a modern appearance, with 3+3 seating equivalent to ‘sophisticated metro cars’.

Following approval by the Research Designs & Standards Organisation and RITES, the first unit has begun trials on Eastern Railway’s Sealdah division.