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Indian Railways has successfully conducted speed trials of the new AC-2 tier LHB coach. The new coach clocked 180 kilometer per hour speed. The trial was conducted in Nagda-Kota-Sawai Madhopur section.

The Ministry of Railways also shared a video of the same in which the speedometer can be clearly seen touching the 180 kmph mark and the train passing the various marks with lightning speed.

Accordingto a senior railway official of West Central Railway(WCR)," The trials were conducted to check the various aspects of the coach and its compliance with the Europen standards."

" Indian Railways has carried out more than 60 speed trials of various coaches and locomotives in the WCR in the Nagda-Kota-Sawai Madhopur section whose total length is around 350 km and till date around 8900 kms speed trail has been conducted in this section," the railway official told Mint.

The official further said that the trials were conducted by Research Design and Standards Organisation(RDSO) to test the various features of the coach and also the oscillation of the coach.

Watch: Railways conducting trials at 180 kmph of new AC 2tier LHB coach

Indian Railways plan to operate trains on the Mumbai-Delhi route at a speed of 160 kmph in the next two years and Nagda-Kota-Sawai Madhopur section fall on this route.At present trains are running at a a speed of 130 kmph on this route.

Earlier, this year railways had already conducted successful oscillation trials of the air-conditioned three-tier economy class coaches on the Nagda-Kota-Sawai Madhopur section at a speed of 180 kmph, RCF General Manager Ravinder Gupta said.

The RCF rolled out the first prototype economy class air-conditioned three-tier coach on February 10 and handed it over to the Research Development and Standard Organisation (RDSO) for its trials, he said.

RCF Kapurthala has started keeping all resources in-hand for regular production of these high-capacity AC 3 Tier Economy class coaches and has planned to roll out its first rake in March 2021. RCF has production plan of 248 coaches in current and next fiscal years.

After three weeks of aggressive trials, the RDSO has found it successful, Gupta said.

The new high-capacity passenger coach has been designed and manufactured by RCF Kapurthala.

In this new passenger coach, where modern passenger amenities have been taken to a new peak, the passenger capacity has been increased to 83 berths as compare to existing 3 Tier capacity of 72 berths. Several design improvements have also been made for improving passenger comfort like redesign of the AC ducting to provide individual AC vents for each berth, providing Improved and modular design of berths and ergonomically designed ladder for accessing the middle and upper berths etc.

The design has been improved for both Indian and the Western style lavatories. Each coach is provided with a wider and one disabled friendly toilet entry door which is a new initiative. Public address and passenger information systems have also been installed as a part of passenger facilities in these coaches.

Ambience and ease of access into coach has been improved by aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic entrance. The interior of the coach has luminescent aisle markers, illuminated berth indicators integral with night lights with luminescent berth numbers.

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