SE Rlys’ move to distribute soap strips to passengers in AC coaches.

Faced with rampant allegation of lack of hygiene facilities in train lavatories, South Eastern Railway has started distributing paper-soap strips to commuters travelling in air conditioned classes in six long distance Mail / Express trains originating from Howrah. The six trains are ~ Howrah-Ahmedabad Express, Howrah-Mumbai CST Gitanjali Express, Howrah-Mumbai Mail, Howrah-Chennai Mail, Howrah-Chennai Coromandel Express and the Howrah-Yesvantpur Express. The paper-soap strips are being distributed to the passengers travelling in 1st AC, 2-nd Ac and 3-rd AC coaches. South Eastern Railway plans to extend the facility to more mail / express trains in future. Also, it is planning to distribute among train travellers a de-odorant sanitising disinfectant (phenyl-like substance) solution for use in the toilets.

Published in: on June 10, 2012 at 3:24 am  Leave a Comment  
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Railways starts ushering in Rajdhani-type coaches

The Indian Railways is all set to run a rake comprising newly manufactured low-cost stainless steel coaches on the Amritsar-Jaynagar route. The Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala has rolled out 28 such coaches which will now be used for the Shaheed Express.

These coaches are not only similar in appearance to the LHB coaches used in the Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains, they also have superior aesthetics, better ride quality and low maintenance costs. The move is aimed at heralding the era of stainless steel coaches for all mail/express trains. Till now, only the Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains had stainless steel coaches.

This 28-coach rake has six variants including a unique composite coach having a mix of AC 2 and AC 3 seating.

To bring down costs, the RCF has replaced the Fiat bogies used with LHB coaches with indigenously manufactured bogies. “Earlier, following the transfer of technology from LHB, Germany, we used LHB shells with a Fiat bogey for AC coaches. That coach used to cost around Rs 2 crore. Now, we have used LHB-like stainless steel shells along with a modified ICF-type bogey. That has brought down the cost by 40 per cent,” an RCF official explained.

Published in: on June 9, 2009 at 4:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Now cockroach free trains can be a reality

In the middle of night a passenger shrieking at the sight of a cockroach is enough to give sleepless nights to others in the coach. Knowing, the creature is not for damage, travelling with the swarming cockroaches can never be a happy journey.

To have pests in railway compartments is never a welcome experience. But with the Railways awarding a three-fold contract to a private agency to rid trains of the pesky creatures there could be a respite in sight.

The effort has started from January this year. The agency will be responsible for warding off rats, cockroaches and also mosquitoes from the compartments much to the passengers’ relief.

The pests are not confined to non-AC coaches but are common in AC coaches as well. Keep open a pack of biscuits and there they come, all around it. But, avoiding the unwanted creatures is not possible for passengers who have no choice left but to board the trains full of pests and rodents.

So far Railways have extended a plea that it has made lot of efforts to rid the trains of rodents and pests but they always keep coming back. However, now there could be some change expected for all the trains originating from Lucknow division of Northern Railway (NR).