Western Railway earns Rs 40.03 crore from its first AC local train Mumbai

India's first broad-gauge air-conditioned (AC) local train completed two years on track this Wednesday, earning the Western Railway at least Rs 40.03 crore, an official release stated here on Friday. The first AC local, fitted with the indigenous three-phase propulsion system of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, arrived here in May 2017, and after several safety trials, it was pressed into service on December 25, 2017. On an average, approximately 18,000 commuters travel by the AC local every day, with at least 1,500 in each service, the WR's statement said. "In the last two years, as many as 8,43,343 tickets were sold for the train, of which 6,62,565 were single-journey tickets and 1,80,778 were season tickets," the release stated.

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