Tribune News Service
Kapurthala, November 18
The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) on Wednesday rolled out a double-decker coach, which has the potential of running at a speed of 160 kmph and has many novel advanced features in its design.
With significant inputs having gone into the upgrade of tracks and signaling system, the RCF team felt it was necessary to develop the designs of passenger coaches that can carry more passengers in a single train in shortest possible time. The double decker coach rolled out by the RCF is specially aimed at fulfilling such requirements, especially for the busiest routes.
To make passengers’ travel pleasant and comfortable, the new double-decker coach is equipped with modern amenities and design.
“With a total capacity of 120 seats, the upper deck has 50 passenger seats, while lower deck has 48. The middle deck on the rear ends has 16 seats on one side and six seats on the other. It has transverse 3x2 seating with adequate legroom, optimised aisle width for a comfortable journey, plush interiors, overhead luggage rack, mobile and laptop charging sockets, GPS-based Passenger Information System and LED destination board among other passenger-centric features. Entry to passenger area is through automatic sliding doors. A mini-pantry, too, has been built in each coach to store and serve hot or chilled refreshments to passengers,” the RCF team shared.
The coach has advanced state-of-the-art air spring suspension system fitted on the advanced FIAT design of bogies. The 160 kN air springs ensure smooth and safe journey for passengers. Additionally, CCTV cameras and fire and smoke detection system have been installed for the safety and security of onboard passengers.
The RCF is the only production unit in India that has produced double-decker coaches for the Indian Railways. The first batch of non-AC double-decker coaches were manufactured by RCF on conventional “ICF-type” design pattern in the ’90s. Thereafter, the first AC double-decker coach with 130 kmph speed potential was rolled out in March 2010. Later in March 2019, UDAY double-decker coaches were produced with more features.
Today, the coach with 160 kmph speed potential was rolled out by RCF General Manager Ravinder Gupta. The coach will be sent to Research and Design Standard Organisation (RDSO Lucknow) for further oscillation trials before putting in commercial service.
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