Colourful coaches for Duronto Trains

CHENNAI: For the first time in the history of Southern Railway, a multihued train ran on its tracks.

Duronto is an experiment with colours. Painted predominately in green with splashes of red and blue, it looks bright and colourful.

The high quality vinyl wrap was designed by Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee herself.

Duronto is not merely a beauty on the tracks. Its coach body is made of stainless steel. This reduces tare weight by 1.5 tonne, enabling the train to run at higher speeds up to 130 km per hour.

It is longer than conventional coaches and can accommodate 72 berths in AC 3-tier. The capacity of conventional coaches is just 64 berths. In the Duronto sleeper coaches, 78 berths are available, as compared to 72 in conventional sleeper coaches.

All coaches boast of auto closing vestibule doors. These doors automatically close in the event of fire and prevent it from spreading to the adjacent coaches. All cabins are provided with emergency lamps and cellphone chargers.

Giving some relief to the hygiene conscious people, a Controlled Discharge Toilet System (CDTS) has been introduced in the train. CDTS discharges human waste only when the train reaches a speed of 30 km per hour, thus keeping railway stations clean. The toilets too have autoclosing doors.

The AC coaches are provided with wide window glasses with increased height for a better view.

Passenger friendly amenities like bottle holders, magazine bags, snack tables and mirrors have been provide in the non-AC coaches as well.

Air springs in bogies instead of oil springs provide better riding comfort. The train also has superior thermal and sound insulation features. The entire train has a public address system.

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