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The first of these trains, to be run on Western Railway, was, however, flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kurla on Central Railway on Sunday, 27 October 2013.

However a delay of two years was anticipated due to demands of automatic sliding doors on the trains.

The Mumbai Suburban Railway is an offshoot of the first passenger railway to be built by the British East India Company, and is also the oldest railway system in Asia.

The first train was run by the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (now Central Railway) between Bori Bunder (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) and Thane, a distance of 34 km, on 16 April 1853 at .

Since 2010 the front of the EMUs are painted yellow, so that the maintenance workers on the tracks can see the train easily.

These rakes have been procured under the project at a total cost of 19 billion (US1.0 million).

(US.2 million), and arrived in Mumbai on 5 April 2016.15-coach trains were introduced on 21 November 2009. Equipment makers include Jessop, Siemens, Bombardier and Medha.The trains are manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.The current fleet of both the Western and Central railways features increasingly fewer old rakes built by BEML, BHEL, ICF (Perambur) which are capable of a maximum speed of 85 km/h, MRVC Siemens Rakes which are capable of and 100 km/h and ICF built Bombardier rakes capable of running at speeds of 120 km/hr under light traffic conditions.The actual average speed of the rakes on the slow lines is about 35 km/h, while rakes on fast lines average about 45–50 km/h on a typical run.

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