On January 26, the city’s first three-phase Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) trains will travel between Mangaluru Central and Kannur stations, replacing the old rake of Train Nos. 06478/06477. The key advantage of using MEMU coaches is that the rake does not require loco reversal because the rake can be moved in either direction by motor car coaches on both ends. The fundamental benefit of MEMU trains over regular coaches is that they do not require loco reverses to reach their destination.
A 12-coach MEMU with three motor cars and nine trailer cars propelled by a three-phase AC system manufactured indigenously by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, will be deployed to replace the conventional rake of the train. While each motor car can accommodate 55 sitting and 171 standing passengers, each trailer car will accommodate 84 sitting and 271 standing passengers. A conventional MEMU, on the other hand, can carry 2,634 passengers in all.
The 06477 train will depart Kannur at 7.40 a.m. and arrive in Mangaluru Central at 10.55 a.m. Train No 06478 departs Mangaluru Central at 5.05 p.m. and arrives in Kannur at 8.40 p.m. on the return route. Students and regular travelers are the main patrons of the evening service.