SAIL DSP Dispatches 53 Axles for LHB Coaches
Steel Authority of India Limited's Durgapur Steel Plant has developed and dispatched the first consignment of 53 steel axles to Indian Railway’s Modern
Steel Authority of India Limited's Durgapur Steel Plant has developed and dispatched the first consignment of 53 steel axles to Indian Railway’s Modern Coach Factory Rae Bareli for use in Linke Hofman Busch coaches on 15 May 2021. Three units of SAIL, DSP, ASP, and VISL had started working with synergy in this direction to develop LHB Axles for Railways. While DSP produced the hot metal, ASP converted it into steel, and VISL produced forged LHB axles from it. After getting forged axles from VISL Bhadravati, DSP did the heat treatment and machining of axles as per the railway drawing. All the machined axles then underwent dimensional modification as well as NDT inspection under supervision of RITES Limited in Durgapur.
It is known that Indian Railways are switching over from BG Coaches to LHB Coaches in a big way to improve railway safety standards.
The development and supplies of the steel axles is significant to meet rising demand from Indian Railways, which is shifting from the use of Broad Gauge coaches to more specialized and modern LHB coaches requiring a new generation of steel axles to improve railway safety standards.