Published on: April 9, 2022
South Western Railway introduced the first MEMU train service between Bengaluru and Tumakuru
- On Indian Railways, the MEMUs are electric multiple unit (EMU) trains that serve short and medium-distance routes in India, as compared to normal EMU trains that connect urban and suburban areas. The acronym stands for “Mainline Electric Multiple Unit”
- In the 1990s Indian Railways’ built MEMUs that had 10 ft 8 in (3,250 mm) wide coaches
- The service started on Asansol – Adra section on 15 July 1995 and on Kharagpur – Tata section on 22 July 1995.
- The first 20 coach MEMU ran between Surat to Virar in 2017. In 2018, Integral Coach Factory (ICF) launched new MEMU capable to operate at 110–130 km/h (68–81 mph)
- IR is progressively replacing all locomotive-hauled slow and fast passenger and intercity trains with EMUs. The upgraded trains are re-branded as MEMUs