New Delhi: The touch of technology has always been instrumental in providing travellers with better facilities in terms of comfort and consumption of less time in a journey. The Indian Railways is no exception. Soon, the cumbersome and often dirty iron coaches designed in the 70’s and 80’s, will give way to their sophisticated stainless steel counterparts, which can role over the rails at the speed of 180 kmph.
Railway coaches to clock 180 kmph, chug the steel way
In the budget speech given by Railways Minister, Lalu Prasad on 26 February, he mentioned that coaches of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains would start getting replaced with the new all-steel ALCTOM-LHB German Design Coaches. While a trial run is on for some time now, it has been decided that by March 2010, all Rajdhani trains and by March 2011, all Shatabdi trains would have such coaches. In addition to this, LHB coaches with stainless steel bogies would be provided in Mail and Express trains. These coaches will be more comfortable and have a carrying capacity of 10-16% more than the existing coaches.