Indian Railways has introduced its first air-conditioned three-tier economy class coach on Wednesday. According to the Ministry, the coach is the world’s cheapest and best AC travel.
“This new 3-tier air-conditioned economy class coach is a symbol of aspirational India bringing AC travel to a larger number of people and enhancing the capacity of our express trains. Undoubtedly, now every rail journey will become a journey of pleasant memories,” the statement released by the railway ministry said.
The ministry also said that the coaches will be economical as they will be priced between the current AC three-tier and non-AC sleeper class.
This LHB coach was rolled out from Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala to Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) Lucknow for the upcoming trial.
It was conceived by RCF and work on its design started on war footing in October 2020. The ministry said that many innovations have been incorporated in the design of the coach.
Here’s everything you need to know about the first air-conditioned three-tier economy class coach:
- The new coach can carry more passengers as the berths have been increased from 72 to 83.
- The high voltage electric switchgear presently installed onboard has been shifted below the underframe, thereby increasing the passenger capacity by introducing 11 additional berths.
- Each coach is provided with a wider and one disabled-friendly toilet entry door which is a new initiative.
- Several design improvements have also been made for improving passenger comfort like redesigning the AC ducting to provide individual vents for each berth.
- The coach also has improved and modular design of seats and berths, foldable snack tables in both longitudinal and transverse bays, injury-free spaces and holders for water bottles, mobile phone and magazines.
- Individual reading lights and mobile charging points are provided for each berth in addition to the standard socket.
- A new ergonomically improved design of ladder for accessing the middle and upper berths is also a new feature. There is an increased headroom in the middle and upper berths as well.
The design has been improved for both Indian and the Western-style lavatories while public address and passenger information systems have been installed as part of passenger facilities.
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