Railways to launch fireproof coaches

The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) at Kapurthala in Punjab has started manufacturing fireproof coaches. The railways intends to replace all outdated and general coaches with fireproof coaches.
According to a Railway Board official, fireproof coaches made of stainless steel have been produced on trial basis. Their design and other safety measures have been approved by technical experts. Under the new design, approved by the board, the curtains and other fittings inside the AC coaches are fire resistant. These fireproof coaches are being made of superfine stainless steel, he said.

The official said 40 such coaches have so far been rolled out from the RCF. These coaches are similar in look and design to the LHB German coaches being used in the Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains across the country, he said.

According to sources, the stainless steel coaches would be used in mail and express trains. Railways has started using stainless steel coaches in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains on trial basis, sources said, adding that decision has been taken to indigenously manufacture bogies to reduce the making cost of such coaches. The German LHB technology used in manufacturing air-conditioned coaches is quite expensive. The indigenous technology with slight modifications is likely to reduce the manufacturing cost by about 40%, compared to the cost of production of one LHB coach, sources said.

At present, the east central railway (ECR) has more than 2,500 coaches, including AC and sleeper ones, which need immediate replacement to maintain foolproof safety, sources said

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Railways to launch fireproof coaches

The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) at Kapurthala in Punjab has started manufacturing fireproof coaches. The railways intends to replace all outdated and general coaches with fireproof coaches.

According to a Railway Board official, fireproof coaches made of stainless steel have been produced on trial basis. Their design and other safety measures have been approved by technical experts. Under the new design, approved by the board, the curtains and other fittings inside the AC coaches are fire resistant. These fireproof coaches are being made of superfine stainless steel, he said.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-22/patna/31382152_1_coaches-ac-and-sleeper-railway-board-official

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Railway to manufacture fire proof coaches

PATNA: In the wake of growing fire incidents and huge loss to railway property every year, the railways have decided to manufacture fireproof coaches from safety point of view. The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) at Kapurthala in Punjab is manufacturing new fireproof coaches which are likely to replace all outdated and general coaches in future.

According to sources, the RCF has of late designed new fireproof coaches to cater to the needs of the railways across the country. The railways have started manufacturing fireproof AC and sleeper coaches based on the technology and design of LHB German coaches. While each AC coach would now cost about Rs 60 lakh, sleeper coach would cost about Rs 40 lakh each. However, the railways are incurring an expenditure of about Rs 1 crore for manufacturing each special AC coach. There has been a marginal escalation in the production cost of these coaches, sources said.

Under the new design approved by the railways, the curtain and other fittings inside the AC coaches will be fire resistant. In the event of any fire incident, emission of smoke would be less obnoxious. Superfine stainless steel materials are being used to manufacture these fireproof coaches, a Railway Board official said.

A board official admitted that the railways have taken a policy decision to replace the existing ICF Swiss coaches with LHB German coaches to enhance safety measures on running trains. At present, the ECR has the holding capacity of more than 2,500 coaches, including AC and sleeper ones. They need immediate replacement to maintain foolproof safety to railway property and passengers, he said.

With the introduction of LHB coaches mostly in Rajdhani Express trains, the railways have initiated steps to further improve safety measures on running trains, particularly in the long distance trains. The newly-designed coaches are light in weight and have the running speed limit up to 130 kmph to 140 kmph on the existing track condition, sources said.

The railways have already adopted modernisation process to ensure safety to passengers during their journey. That apart, the new fireproof coaches have the riding comforts as well. A team of technical experts of the railways have been keeping a tab on the quality of new coach production, the Railway Board official added.

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