Railway workshop to repair LHB coaches

The Carriage Repair Workshop (CRW) of East Coast Railway at Mancheswar is set to take up maintenance and repair needs of important long distance trains which are fast switching to the Linke Holfmann Busch (LHB) coaches.

This year only, the workshop achieved the capability to maintain LHB coaches which are modern, fire-retardant in nature, do not capsize during mishaps and have a longer shelf life. It was in May that one rake of Rajdhani Express was maintained by the workshop for the fist time.

In next few months, the entire rakes of Rajdhani and Duronto trains are targeted to be maintained at Mancheswar and need not be sent to far-off workshops. This will help better availability of coaches and problems can be better monitored too, Chief Workshop Manager of CRW SK Pankaj told mediapersons here on Wednesday.

He said ` 38 crore had been sanctioned by Railway Board to accommodate special facilities for maintenance of LHB coaches at the CRW and it has taken rapid strides. Indian Railways is fast switching over to LHB design steel shell and integral coach factory (ICF) bogie with air spring.

Earlier, these coaches were being repaired in West Bengal, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Now complete overhauling of bogies, air brake system and roof mounted air-conditioning system including poly-urethane paintings, interior and renewal of berths of LHB coaches have been achieved and sent for passenger carrying.

Pankaj said the workshop is also targeting to achieve a capacity augmentation from the 100 periodic overhauls (POH) of coaches per month to 150 POH per month by next year.

The capacity augmentation, sanctioned by Railway Board in 2008-09 at an estimated ` 25 crore, would enable the workshop to repair upto 150 coaches per month. The workshop achieved a record of highest ever outturn of 134 coaches in April 2013.

The Mancheswar workshop under ECoR would celebrate three decades of its operation in December this year. The first off POH coach was turned out on December 31, 1983. For capacity expansion, procurement of machinery and civil construction work is under advance stage. The CRW is spread over 314 acres of land with its workshop occupying 121 acres.

The workshop had started POH of hybrid coaches in February 2012 with Duronto Express. It is also developing infrastructure for supply of wagons and locomotive wheels to divisions.

Pankaj said a work order has already been sanctioned at the cost of Rs 57.7 lakh to develop facility for freight wheels.

http://newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/Railway-workshop-to-repair-LHB-coaches/2013/06/27/article1654845.ece

Rs. 20 hike in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto fares likely

Another round of fare hike in premier trains looks imminent with Railways revising food tariffs for Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains.

“It will be a minor hike ranging between Rs. 15 and Rs. 20 for Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto passengers after the revision of catering charges of the premier trains,” a top Railway official involved with the decision making process said.

The revision will be announced shortly and the hike will be implemented as soon as the software is updated accordingly, the official said. Once the revision is announced, fares of premier trains will witness hike for the second time after the latest increase on January 22.

Food tariff was revised for mail and express trains last month after 10 years, but it did not include catering services of Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains.

Passengers in premier trains are entitled to meals and snacks for which charges are included in the price of the ticket.

Railway Ministry had constituted a committee to study and suggest revision of tariff and menu of standard meals in premier and other mail and Express trains.

“The decision to revise the tariff was taken after examining the committee’s recommendations as well as suggestions from the Railway Board,” the official said.

Cash-strapped Railways has announced a slew of measures to improve catering services in all trains. While some items like cold drinks and chocolates are to be removed from the menu of premier trains, ice creams and curd will be supplied from reputed brands only.

“We are working out details which include changes in the menu in Rajdhani and other premier trains with the aim to provide good quality food to passengers,” he said.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/rs-20-hike-in-rajdhani-shatabdi-and-duronto-fares-likely-322733?pfrom=home-otherstories

Free medical aid in Duronto Express

HYDERABAD: Passengers travelling in the non-stop Duronto Express from Secunderabad to Nizamuddin (Delhi) will now be offered free medical assistance by a doctor and a paramedical team on board the train.

To help passengers in case of any medical emergency, the Indian Railway Board has introduced the free medical service in all Duronto Expresses under a one-year pilot project. Each Duronto Express will have a General Duty Medical Officer (GMDO) and a paramedical staff. Special seats would be earmarked for the doctor in the train and he would be carrying necessary medical equipment, including ECG, oxygen cylinders, etc for diagnosis and treatment, said a SCR Spokesperson.

In case of any medical requirement, passengers would have to alert ticket collector, who in turn would inform the doctor. Based on the doctor’s advice, the ticket collector would halt the train at the nearest station.

The doctor and his team would be provided with free accommodation at Railway Guest House before starting the return journey.

Based on the success of this service, the railway board is proposing to introduce similar service in all major express trains shortly, added the spokesperson.

http://www.hindu.com/2010/04/14/stories/2010041464060500.htm