Hyderabad: Major trains from the city heading to destinations in different parts of the country are all set to chug with modern coaches following the decision of South Central Railway (SCR) to do away with the present old coaches.
As part of the SCR move, coaches in trains such as Hyderabad–New Delhi Telangana Express, Lingampalli – Tirupati Narayandri Express and Kacheguda–Mysuru-Kacheguda Express will soon be replaced with Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches.
LHB is the German company and under transfer of its technology, the coaches are being manufactured at Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala.
According to SCR officials, Indian Railways has taken a major step in modernising its fleet by replacing the conventional coaches in a phased manner with LHB coaches. They are being designed to ensure safe travel and higher passenger capacity with operating speed of up to 160 km per hour.
Officials pointed out that conventional coaches have limitations in terms of speed potential, heavy corrosion, poor riding experience and insufficient retardation during emergency brake application.
LHB coaches are manufactured with anti-climbing feature in coupler which helps in safety of passengers in case of unforeseen incidents. They have wheel slide protection and fire retardant materials, controlled by computer system.
Already, a total of 14 trains in the SCR including Hyderabad-Jaipur-Hyderabad Express, Secunderabad-Kurnool City Tungabhadra Express and Lingmapalli-Vijayawada Intercity Express are running with LHB coaches and all the important trains in a phased manner would be replaced with new coaches.
In the LHB coaches, seating capacity has been enhanced from 1,800 seats in sleeper class, AC coaches and unreserved compartments to 2,000 seats as the coaches are two meter longer than regular coaches and all the 24 coaches have been incorporated with anti-skid PVC flooring.
“These coaches are equipped with large windows offering good view outside, luggage racks with in-built reading lamps, insulation against noise and a smooth interior. They are fitted with environment friendly bio-toilets and comfortable chairs are designed with reclining backrest”, a senior official said.
A key feature of LHB coaches happens to be that they do not get turned over or flip in case of a collision and have axle mounted disc brakes for efficient braking at higher speeds and ensures safety of passengers in case of derailment.
In the past, LHB coaches were only seen in Shatabdhi Express and Rajdhani Express which head to New Delhi. With railways taking this initiative of inducting such coaches in other trains, travelling in trains will be more convenient for passengers in the coming days, officials added.