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 The railways intends to replace all outdated and general coaches with fireproof coaches.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


RCF manufactures nano coated coaches

Rail Coach Factory (RCF), a production unit under the Ministry of Railways, with its strong design, development and coach manufacturing capabilities has added yet another artifact to its glorious range of products. It has now started the production of Stainless Steel Coaches encrusted with nano-coating paint technology. A Shatabdi rake with nano-coating was rolled out from Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala in the presence of Shri Pradeep Kumar, General Manager/RCF. The 21 coach rake, comprising of 16 AC chair cars, 2 Executive chair cars and 3 power cars, is slated to run between Mumbai and Ahmedabad on Western Railway. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pradeep Kumar said that RCF is committed to bring world class technology, at a cost which is affordable to the Indians. With series production of nano coated coaches, the railway passengers will get a feel of Euro style trains in India.

These new look coaches with metallic nano-coating, have improved exterior finish and better gloss. The ultra-thin top coat also has anti-graffiti and dust-repellent properties, which will help the railways in keeping its coaches clean from any kind of slogan writing or spoiling by anti-social elements. The leading luxury car manufacturers viz. Mercedez and BMW are using this technology to achieve a long-lasting pearl effect with self-cleaning effect on the cars. RCF is also planning to use nano-coating on the walls inside the lavatories of coaches for maintaining better hygiene and make them free from graffiti.

Using this technology, cycle time for painting has also considerably reduced which will help RCF in producing more stainless steel coaches in future. Apart from being cost effective, the painting process is also eco-friendly. With introduction of pigmented Nano-Coating technology for Stainless Steel coaches, RCF has now become the first manufacturer in the World to adopt it on railways. This new variant will be tried out in field before starting series production with nano-coating.


Published in: on July 12, 2009 at 3:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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Indian Railways to manufacture stainless steel coaches

TOI reported that the railways have decided to manufacture low cost stainless steel coaches to improve the riding comforts of passengers. The Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala in Punjab has recently rolled out 28 such coaches, which would be first introduced on the Amritsar to Jaynagar route for the Shaheed Express train.

According to sources, these newly designed coaches are similar in looks to the LHB German coaches which are being currently used in the Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express trains across the country. The salient features of these coaches are that they have superior aesthetics, better riding comforts and low maintenance cost as well.

A Railway Board official said that the newly designed coaches are all set to herald an era of stainless steel coaches in the Indian Railways which would be used in all mail and express trains. The railways have, so far, introduced stainless steel coaches in the Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express trains only.

Official said that the coach factory has decided to replace the flat bogies currently being used in LHB coaches to indigenously manufactured bogies to bring down the manufacturing cost of stainless steel coaches. Use of German based LHB technology in manufacturing each air conditioned coach has been too expensive now. However, the use of new indigenous technology in manufacturing stainless steel coaches with a modified ICF type bogie is likely to reduce about 40% manufacturing cost being incurred on production of each LHB coach, adding that the railways would, thus, save a huge sum of money in manufacturing such coaches for mail and express trains.

According to source, that apart, the railways have decided to manufacture fireproof coaches from safety point of view. The RCF has been manufacturing new fireproof coaches which are likely to replace all outdated and general coaches in future. The railways have started manufacturing fireproof AC and sleeper coaches based on the technology and design of the LHB German coaches.

Railway Board official said under the new design approved by the Board, the curtain and other fittings inside the AC coaches are fire resistant. In the event of any incident, it is not much harmful for passengers. These fireproof coaches are being manufactured by super fine stainless steel materials.

Sourced further added 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. Currently, the ECR has more than 2500 coaches, including AC and sleeper ones, which need immediate replacement to maintain foolproof safety.


Published in: on June 21, 2009 at 11:49 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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