Production of LHB coaches to be increased

Indian Railways plans to progressively increase the manufacture of new LHB (Linke Hofmann Bush) design coaches, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

A complete switchover to new manufacture of only LHB design coaches, the technology for which was acquired through a Transfer of Technology (TOT) agreement with M/s ALSTOM, Germany, is envisaged by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa said in a written reply.

The existing conventional Integral Coach Factory (ICF) design coaches would, however, still remain in service. These coaches have some superior features as compared to the conventional ICF design coach — like having a longer service life, enhanced safety standards, particularly crash worthiness, high carrying capacity of about 10-12 per cent, high speed potential, superior riding comfort, aesthetic interiors and lower maintenance – no corrosion owing to stainless steel body.

He said the average differential in the cost of manufacture of LHB design coach and the corresponding Integral Coach Factory (ICF) design coach is at present approximately Rs 75 lakh to Rs one crore, but this is expected to reduce significantly with volume production of LHB coaches.

Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala is already a Coach Production Unit of international standards. Projects have also been sanctioned to further upgrade the facilities at Rail Coach Factory there and at Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, to increase production of LHB design coaches, the Minister informed.

Published in: on September 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

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