An electric train for the MRT Putrajaya Line entered the mainline for the first time when it was used for a test early Tuesday (16 June 2020) morning at 1.15am.
Teams from MRT Corp, Hyundai Rotem (part of the HAP Consortium suppling the electric trains), China Communication Construction Company – George Kent JV (Trackworks Work Package Contractor), Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd and Bombardier (Signalling Work Package Contractor) carried out the Kinematic Envelope Gauging Test on the train along the MRT Kajang Line to gauge the width of the train as it runs along the tracks.
As the profile of the trains for both the MRT Kajang Line and the MRT Putrajaya Line are not the same, train profile checking for the Putrajaya Line trains has to be carried out. The check is carried out to ensure that the trains can safely fit and run through this section of track of the MRT Kajang Line comprising three stations namely Sungai Buloh, Kampung Selamat and Kwasa Damansara, which will be migrated to become part of the Putrajaya Line when the latter begins operations.
During the test, the train was shunted by two locomotive trains along the track from the Sungai Buloh MRT Depot, where it moved at the speed of 3km/hour. The first night of the week-long testing was a success, and the team was positive that the test should be completed by Friday without any issues.