Tribune News Service
Kapurthala, July 20
Rail Coach Factory will manufacture 30 slender gauge Vistadome coaches for Kalka-Shimla Railway. Ministry of Railways has suggested RCF to take up manufacture of coaches within the subsequent few months with upgraded state-of-the-art passenger interface areas.
Presently, Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, is manufacturing such sort of coaches. RCF has been the producer of LHB coaches for premium and mail/categorical trains, apart from manufacturing metre gauge coaches for export.
Giving particulars RCF PRO Rajinder Singh mentioned, “RCF has developed the preliminary designs for brand spanking new NG coaches primarily based on LHB expertise. This features a gentle weight shell design configured to present various kinds of coaches to meet numerous enterprise calls for and passenger aspirations together with Vistadome designs with panoramic home windows. In addition to the brand new shell, it’s deliberate to improve bogies and the brake system serving to in to convey a major enchancment in pace potential from current 25/35 kmph to 40/55 kmph. The coaches can even be geared up with fashionable security options viz. CCTV and fireplace alarm and many others.”
He added, “The primary attraction of coaches might be design incorporating giant and wider home windows with provision of opening that provide a panoramic view of the passing panorama, see-through glass rooftop for mesmerising views, aesthetically textured inside panels, reclined seats that may rotate up to 180 levels within the route of the practice’s motion, restaurant-type sitting association with snack desk for every seat, computerized physique facet plug doorways and many others. The RCF constructed NG coaches on iconic Kalka-Shimla railway monitor will embark a brand new outlook in direction of the stretch and supply a magical view to witness because the practice chugs alongside the mountains.”
He added that the RCF would undertake the manufacturing of govt AC chair automotive, AC 2nd class chair automotive, basic sitting and SLR coaches. The first prototype rake of those slender gauge coaches could be prepared by December, this 12 months, mentioned the RCF official.