New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will roll out the Indian Railways’ 50,000th coach on Monday, marking a momentous occasion for the national transporter in achieving a record performance in the coach manufacturing sector.
The 50,000th AC three-tier coach will come out of the Integrated Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai when the Railway Minister will press a remote button from the Rail Bhavan in the national Capital. Beside dedicating the 50,000th conventional coach to the nation, Prabhu will also inaugurate the upgrading facility at the ICF for production of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches in Chennai, through video conference facility from here.
A premier industry, ICF was set up in 1955. Since then the factory has been manufacturing conventional coaches approximately 1,500 a year, catering to the ever-increasing demand of coaches for new trains.
IFC manufactures various types of AC and non-AC coaches including EMUs (Electrical Multiple Units) and DEMU (Diesel Electrical Multiple Units), Metro coaches for Kolkata Metro. Now the ICF will also manufacture LHB coaches, till now made at Rail Coach factory at Raebareli and Kapurthala. LHB coaches are mainly used in premier trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto services.