AC double-decker train likely by 2011

India’s first AC double-decker train is expected to go into service by the year end, with Railways successfully completing its trail runs recently.
The train is likely to be introduced as an inter-city service on a high density route, having a separate fare structure, indicated a senior railway official.

The first AC coach was rolled out by Railway Coach Factory Kapurthala in March this year, after which it went for extensive trial runs.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had inspected the coach here on March 31, designed for a maximum speed of upto 160 km per hour.

According to the official, they are in the process of obtaining the speed certificate of upto 105 km per hour.
“Trail run for 130 km per hour is also on in the Agra-Mathura section and this would be completed within this month,” the official said.
The official, however, did not disclose the section where it will be introduced first.

The train will have complete sitting accommodation with each coach having a capacity of 128 passengers as compared to 78 passengers in Shatabdi chair cars, thus increasing the sitting space by almost 70 per cent. Space for the two decks has been generated by optimally using the well space between the two bogies.

End-On-Generation configuration where power for train lighting and air-conditioning is supplied by two power cars, was attached at both ends of the train.
The coaches boasts of many superior features like aesthetically pleasing stainless steel body, high speed Eurofima design bogies with air springs for superior ride quality and many other safety-related features.
The coaches are also fitted with control discharge toilet system.

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