ICF bags award for green initiatives

Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai won the ‘Golden Peacock Environment Award’ for taking green initiatives to operate the factory. Rakesh Misra, general manager of ICF, said the company will be making first ever airconditioned EMU for Western Railway in 2013.


“Accident relief trains in all divisions by 2017”

Self Propelled Accident Relief Train (SPART) units that can be rapidly deployed at accident sites will be in place at all 59 Indian Railway divisions across the country by 2016-17, Keshav Chandra, Member (Mechanical), Railway Board said on Monday. Addressing newspersons after flagging off the High Speed SPART developed by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) here, Mr. Chandra said already SPART units were available at 26 divisions and the plan was to introduce them in each of the remaining divisions in a time-bound manner.

“These SPART units with advanced medical facilities, surgery theatres and drug storage would be over and above the conventional accident relief trains with eight to ten coaches that have to be fitted with locos to be taken to an accident site,” he said. The HS-SPART that rolled off the ICF is to be stationed in Bilaspur Division under the South East Central Railway. This is the first high-speed version of the SPART series of vehicles (powered by German Voith hydraulic transmission) with a capacity to reach operating speeds up to 120 kph — which is comparable to the Rajdhani — whereas earlier versions clocked only about 105 kph section speeds.

The HS-SPART has a fully equipped medical van flanked by a supervisor van and a tool van with power pack. The medical van consists of a doctor’s room, 12-bed ward, autoclave cubicle, operation theatre and a 12-bed post operative ward. It also has a kitchen to cook basic foods for distribution during relief operations.

Mr. Chandra, who also flagged off the ICF’s first 1600 HP DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) with indigenously developed three-phase AC transmission, said production units would be increasing outturns of these DEMUs to meet the rising requirements of inter-city traffic.

Abhay K. Khanna, ICF General Manager, said the HS-SPART was conceived by the high level committee on disaster management and the Railway Board had mandated the ICF with the delivery of 41 SPART cars, he said.


ICF mission to raise Railways to global standards

A two-day seminar on ‘Emerging Coach Technologies’ was held at Advanced Welding Training Institute in ICF, Perambur, with a mission to enhance Indian railways to global standards by 2020. Various dignitaries from the department attended the event.

Having encountered at least a dozen accidents in the past few months, including the fire accident at Perambur, the railways had planned to give importance to safety measures. Ramachandran, DG, RDSO, said, “A crash energy system will be installed to minimise damage during accidents. Fire detector systems will also be set up to prevent any untoward incidents,” he said and added fast service trains that run up to 200 km will be introduced soon.

According to mission statement 2020, sanitation and hygiene will be given priority and work is underway to build more than 10,000 bathrooms in railway stations. With ICF being a strong advocate of the ‘go- green’ policy’, bio-degradable, environment friendly and recyclable materials will be used for building coaches.
Abhay Khanna, GM, ICF said, “The flaws in the system and the lack of courage in the hierarchy are the main reasons why these plans are not implemented. However, with a new factory in Rai Barelly nearing completion, more coaches will be ready”

ICF has been a pioneer in Indian railways and is no stranger to the infusion of technology. Rakesh Saxsena, who works with the Mumbai railways and one of the chief guests of the seminar, acknowledged the contribution of ICF.

“The suburban trains in Mumbai are well connected and organised, thanks to ICF. They were also instrumental in infusing the threephase technology,” he added.

An exhibition demonstrating the latest trends in high-speed bogies, passenger information system were on display.


India to increase LHB coach production

Indian Railways plans to switch its entire coach production to the LHB design by the end of the 2012-17 five year plan, according to Minister of State for Railways KH Muniyappa.

Approval has been given for upgrading the Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory and the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai to increase the production of LHB coaches.

The LHB design was acquired from Germany under a technology transfer agreement, and offers a longer service life with higher comfort, capacity and safety than indigenous designs. LHB coaches currently cost up to Rs10m more than ICF designs, but this is expected to reduce with volume production.


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ICF to roll out stainless steel coaches

The premiere production unit of Indian Railways, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Perambur in Chennai, has been sanctioned a project for manufacturing stainless steel coaches for the first time in the country. According to Vijay P Meshram, Controller of Stores, ICF, stainless steel coaches are less in weight when compared to the present mild steel bogies. Pointing out that the new technology would augment for high-speed bogies, he said that the life span of stainless steel coaches was higher than that of the mild steel bogies by 10 years.

Addressing a gathering during the Independence Day celebrations at ICF on Monday, Meshram said in the previous year, ICF had churned out 1,503 coaches, which was an all-time record production. A total number of 43,551 coaches had been produced till July 2011 by ICF since its inception, Vijay P Meshram informed.

He said, “ICF has been sanctioned a project of Rs 250 crore for manufacturing technologically upgraded coaches of stainless steel shells and high speed bogies and an increase in capacity from 1,500 to 1,700 coaches.” The new bogie facilities and shell manufacturing facilities are likely to be completed by March and August 2013 respectively, he added.

Meshram also said that 4.6 crore units of electricity had been generated through the windmills installed by ICF in Tirunelveli district till the end of May 2011.

In the financial year 2010-11, ICF had generated two crore units of electricity and met 80 per cent of its electrical energy requirements from green energy.


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Rlys plans to switch to German coaches by ’16

The railways plans to switch over from indigenous ICF coaches to German technology based Linke Holfmann Bush (LHB) ones in all mail and express trains within the next five years.The LHB coaches, which have fire-retardant quality and advanced couplers, are designed to minimize fire accidents. The move is aimed at infusing more safety measures in train operations, with railways expected to enhance production capacity of its coach factories to 2,000 LHB coaches in 2014-15 and another 4,000 in 2016-17.

The modern coaches that are made of stainless steel have more in-built safety features, and can absorb shock and impact of derailment more effectively. A senior rail official said, “The sturdy and robust design obviates capsizing of coaches in case of accidents. This helps to minimize damage and reduce the loss of lives.” The casualties in the recent Kalka derailment could have been much less if the train was running on LHB coaches, he said. The state-transporter is planning to introduce LHB coaches in mail and express trains in a phase manner by 2016-17 as they are equipped with fire-retardant material and advanced couplers.

Unlike indigenous ICF coaches, which are prone to capsize or climb on each other during a collision, the LHB bogies don’t get toppled. Apart from restricting the speed limit to 105 kmph on mail line and 110 kmph on Rajdhani tracks, ICF coaches raise safety concerns due to a large number of hanging under-gear parts. Though a traditional coach costs Rs 1.5 crore each against a LHB one that comes for Rs 2.5 crore-Rs 3 crore. The modern coaches are more comfortable, have a higher life-span of 35 years against ICF’s 25 years, and also have a 12%-15% higher passenger capacity that can raise revenue.


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ICF rolls out highest number of coaches

The Integral Coach Factory has rolled out the highest ever number of 1337 coaches in the production year 2008-09, compared to 1,291 units the previous year.

ICF has not only exceeded the production target of 1,335 rail coaches, but also produced 177 ‘shells’ in March, compared to 157 in 2007-08, an ICF press release here said.

In terms of Equivalent Coach Units (ECU), 1,805 ECUs were produced in 2008-09, the highest ever, compared to 1,631 in 2007-08, it said.

During the same period, ICF has also produced 530 EMU coaches, compared to 428 in previous year.

ICF also crossed production of 40,000 coaches in 2008-09 since its inception, the release added. – Agencies


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ICF to supply power saver trains to Mumbai suburban railway

CHENNAI: The Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, formally commenced supply of electrical multiple unit trains (EMU) with air-conditioned driver’s cab and forced passenger ventilation system, to Mumbai suburban
railway, on Monday. Union minister of state for railways R Velu flagged off the trains, which have been fitted with a regenerative braking system that saves power by 30% for the operator.

ICF has been the sole supplier of dual voltage EMUs for the transition of
Mumbai’s suburban rail system from 1500 V DC to 25 KV AC power. Its forced passenger ventilation systems, which pump in 16000 cubic metres of fresh air every hour, are expected provide relief in peak hours when the coaches with capacity for 100 passengers carry 600.

The company, which has a turnout rate of one coach per week, is committed to supplying 177 9-car rakes in phase I. Of this, 101 rakes would be purchased on world bank funding, and the rest by railway funding. “At the completion of phase
I, Mumbai suburban railway would save 20 crore units of power and Rs.90 crore annually, by using our power saving braking systems,” said an ICF spokesperson.

These coaches are also eligible for Rs.12 crore worth of carbon credits
annually, for which applications have been sent to the United Nations convention for climate change.

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