RCF, Kapurthala rolls out India's first air conditioned double decker coach
Written by Anand   
Thursday, 01 April 2010
New Delhi: Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala has rolled out country’s first air conditioned double decker coach for oscillation trials on Delhi- Muradabad section. RCF will start manufacturing the double decker coaches after successful completion of oscillation trials.

A totally new coach shell design capable of running at a speed of 160 kmph was developed by RCF engineers in tandem with Research Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO) within a short span of just nine months. The first double decker train would be seen running on rail tracks by end of this year.

In the new design, 128 passengers can be seated as compared to 78 passengers in Shatabdi chair cars, thus increasing the capacity by almost 70 per cent.

Sh. Pradeep Kumar, General Manager, RCF congratulated all the officials of the organisation who worked relentlessly on this project and gave it a final shape in record time of only 9 months. He said that double decker trains would herald a new era in rail travel in the country, because now a common man would be able to afford air conditioned travel at a low cost.

The overall height of double decker coach has been increased marginally (four and a half inches) keeping in view the constraints like overhead structures, bridges, electric traction equipment, platforms etc. so that these coaches can be used without modifying any of the fixed structures except for clearing some minor infringements. Space for the two decks has been generated by optimally using the well space between the two bogies. To save upon space, it was decided to use End-On-Generation configuration where power for train lighting and air-conditioning is supplied by two power cars, attached at both ends of the train.

The new air-conditioned design has features like aesthetically pleasing stainless steel body, high speed Eurofima design bogies with air springs and many other safety related features. This coach is fitted with control discharge toilet system. The successful development of AC Double Decker Coach is a clear illustration of Indian Railways' capabilities in design and manufacturing.

The Minister of Railways, Kumari Mamata Banerjee had earlier announced the introduction of AC double decker trains while presenting the Railway Budget 2010 in the Parliament in the month of June, 2009. She inspected the sample AC double decker coach at New Delhi Railway Station after its arrival from RCF, Kapurthala today.

During the month of February 2010, CLW, DLW, ICF, RCF and RWF have produced 25 electric locomotives, 19 diesel locomotive, 125 coaches, 127 coaches, 12830 wheels and 560 axles respectively against the target of 24 electric locomotives, 20 diesel locomotive, 125 coaches, 127 coaches, 14212 wheels and 4915 axles.

Rail Coach Factory (RCF) produced 1417 coaches against the target of 1417 coaches, during April 2009-February 2010.

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