Travel Guide to Mumbai Local Trains – Main Public Transport in City

“An introduction and comprehensive travel guide to the lifeline of Mumbai, The Mumbai Local Trains which is one of the largest networks and main / major public transport in city. Below are some interesting facts with other things to know that surely helps commuters of lifeline local trains, like timetable, station names, railway map and more..”

Mumbai Local Trains - Crowded
Mumbai Local Trains - Crowded

Mumbai Local Trains History

  1. 1928 : First DC local train introduced. Inaugurated on 5th January by governor of then called ‘Bombay’ by ‘Sir Leslie Wilson’ trains came operating between colaba and borivali.
  2. 1936 : Old steam engine which were running between borivali and virar route were stopped and route was electrified.
  3. 1961 : New nine rake trains were started.
  4. 1972 : Total train services crossed above 500.
  5. 1986 : Fifteen year after 9 car trains, these 12 couch local trains started.
  6. 1992 : Ladies special train and special senior citizen seating introduced.
  7. 1993 : Physically challenged people got blessed with a dedicated compartment. (Note : Till date people who are not physically challenged travel in this compartment)
  8. 2003 : 1000 trains started giving service to commuters (now 1214).
  9. 2007 : DC to AC conversion between borivali and Virar took place.
  10. 2009 : To get little relief from crowded local trains, 15 couch trains started.
  11. 2011 : Conversion to Alternate Current took place between Borivali and Vile parle.
  12. 2012 : Andheri to Churchgate conversion took place, ending all Direct Current Running local trains in western railway route.

Local Trains The Lifeline Of Mumbai

In Mumbai Local trains are Life line of People staying here. Three main routes of Mumbai Railway Network are Western Railway, Central Railway and Harbor Railway which is the major source of travel and also cheap and faster. Most of the Service class people doing jobs travel via this mode of transportation which is always crowded. See also Station Names in Mumbai.

Western Line Local Trains runs From ‘Virar to Churchgate’, Central Rail Local Trains From ‘Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Kasara’, and Harbour Trains runs between ‘CST to PANVEL’, these Local trains and Railway lines are Connected to few of the Important Suburban Stations from which you can easily reach to any other place, Local trains starting from Churchgate, Andheri, Bandra, Dadar, Kurla, CST are always crowded till late night as this are the commercial hubs. The latest conversion from DC to AC is another major step related to local trains. Also See Travel Easy with Smart Cards ATVM ticketing.

9 & 12 Couch Ladies Special Trains

All the local trains running in Mumbai railway network are NOT AC (Air Conditioned) trains which are 9 Couch trains & 12 /15 couch trains. Two Gents First Class coaches, two Ladies first class coaches, 2 Luggage compartments and one small separate Handicap compartment near 6th couch. There are also few Ladies special trains during peak office hours that helps working women to travel comfortably.
Crowded Local Trains

Crowded Local trains of Mumbai is a major problem now and people are falling down from trains getting injured and most of the times loosing their life. Highest crowded local trains are ‘Virar Trains’, sometimes people are breathless and falls unconscious, few cases are of heart attacks. Due to such huge crowd people don’t mind seating near the 25000 V wire above local train coaches, and hey don’t get surprise if we write ‘Its very Normal and Common practice now a days’ because they are unable to get into the trains. One can see small big oral and physical fights which basically happens because of uncomfortable travel. Now an important note, if for any reasons your have lost your luggage while travelling in local train then go to local train lost + found luggage department to check if some has deposited it there. Similar for central railway lost + found.
Latest Updated Local Train Timetable ( Mobile Users)

Local Train Timetable ( Printable & Online Reference)

This printable version of Local train timetable for 3 major routes and more are as :

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My love towards Mumbai city took me to passion blogging from hobby. Upon quitting job, now i am one of the online city & travel guide since 2007. Hope my efforts helps citizen, foreign nationals & tourists in some or other ways.

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