Indian Railways to Receive Aluminium Coaches by February
Indian Railways is anticipated to receive its first batch of aluminium-bodied coaches by February 2022. In a technological transpose for railways, the Raebareli based Modern Coach Factory is considering manufacturing aluminium coaches. However, the first set of 3 coaches for Kolkata Metro are expected to be ready by early next year, whereas, in due course, IR expects to get aluminium coaches for Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express style premium trains. The three standard gauge metro coaches will comprise two driver motor cars and one trailer coach with a speed potential of 100 kmph.
Modern Coach Factory has inked an INR 128 crore agreement with South Korean firm Dawonsys for this enterprising project. The execution of the project has been detained by the COVID-19 pandemic, as it hit hard both India and South Korea. The design for the metro coaches is believed to be concluded by the end of this month.
The contract also reveals that it has provision for manufacturing 8 broad gauge locomotive-hauled coaches. These include three AC-3 tier Sleeper coaches, two AC-2 tier sleepers, one AC-1 sleeper, one AC hot buffet car and one AC DSLR with Driver/Guard cabin. These Rajdhani style sleeper coaches will have a speed potential of 160 kmph. Of these 8 coaches, 4 will come fully assembled and the rest will be received in knocked-down condition and assembled here. The South Korean firm's staff will provide hands-on training to MCF officials as part of the deal.
Furthermore, designs for self-propelled aluminium coaches with speeds of up to 225 kmph will be provided. This will help MCF manufacture Shatabdi style aluminium coaches. The self-propelled coaches will support Indian Railways to run superior train sets in line with its aim to connect major cities with chair car train services.