Kudos to ICF – these ‘Make In India’ High Speed Luxury Train Coaches codenamed ‘Tejas’ are manufactured at Two-Thirds of the Cost of a regular Train Coach!
LUCKNOW: Ministry of Railways just revealed that India will soon get self-propelled trains sets, which can travel at the speed of 160 kmph. Country’s high speed express train ‘Tejas’will start running from Lucknow to Anand Vihar, near Delhi, stations from April this year.
The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has taken up a project, wherein it will manufacture state of the art self-propelled train sets. The ICF General Manager, S Mani, made an announcement. He said that the train sets will be called Train-18 and will have 3-phase propulsion. Coaches of Tejas are almost ready in Kapoorthala Rail Coach Factory(RFC) and passengers will enjoy the ride of the train from April this year. For the fiscal year 2016-17, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had announced three new special trains Antoday, Hamsafar and Tejas.
The schedule for Tejas was released by Railway Board in October in its railway time table and was waiting for the approval of the minister for the exact date of inauguration. Tejas train with 200 km per hour speed will have 22 new facilities for the passengers including LCD monitors behind seats, Wi-Fi facility and special catering menu. Though it’s fare will be slightly high as compare to Shatabdi train. For the Tejas Express, Indian Railways is considering cuisines curated by Sanjeev Kapoor, celebrity chef, entrepreneur writer and television personality.
Tejas Express will be a semi high speed train of the Indian Railways with a host of modern on board facilities to go a long way in changing the way people travel in India. Besides 22 new features which include individual entertainment screens, hand phone socket and LED boards with safety instructions, the Tejas Express will also have quality catering service as seen on the Rajdhani and Duronto trains.
Tejas Express will also be seen in an interior color scheme that will match its exteriors offering passengers a world class experience. There will be tea and coffee vending machines and magazine and snack tables along with state of the art toilets with water level indicators in bio vacuum toilets, sensorised taps and hand driers.
CCTV, smoke and fire detectors and suppression systems will also be seen. Tejas Express is being constructed at the Railway Coach Factory at Kapurthala and is likely to be introduced on the Delhi Lucknow route for a day long journey. Tejas coaches will have Executive Class and Chair Cars as against Hamsafar Express which is seen with 3 AC. Below is the first look video of this new Tejas Train.
According to the schedule of Tejas announced in October, the train will run six days a week except Thursdays and will have one stoppage at Kanpur between Anand Vihar and Lucknow stations.
All the coaches in the train will be interconnected with fully sealed gangways. “The train sets will be manufactured at two-thirds of the cost of the same trains manufactured in the international market,“ he added. So far, the factory has already produced Linke Hoffman Busch (LHB) coaches which can run up to 160-200 kmph and also has expertise in making self-propelled trains like EMUs.
According to a senior official, the ministry has asked the factory to take up the project after it is in the process of making high-speed LHB premium coaches called Tejas, luxury Anubhuti coaches, and Antyodaya coaches. Currently, India’s fastest train is Gatimaan Express with a top speed of 160 km per hour. However, there is also the Spanish-made Talgo (still on trial), that clocks a speed of 180 km/hr by covering 84 km in 38 minutes.
In addition to this, Indian Railways is also working on upgrading coaches of all passenger trains. The new coaches are designed by Coach Rehabilitation Workshop (CRWS), in Nishaputra, Bhopal and are a part of the Government’s Make in India scheme.
New Indian Railway coaches will have multi charging points for mobile and laptop, larger side berths, fire extinguishers and snack tables. Seats will all be made of poly-vinyl material making them fire proof while seats will sport LED reading lights.
A new purple color, aside from the usual green and red seats across the coach will add to its premium appeal. Floors of the coaches will be painted in a carpet finish while middle berths will be seen with side support and railings.
The plan is to bring in 111 such Make In India Railway Coaches which will include 87 non AC coaches, 17 coaches for AC 3 tier, 5 coaches for AC 2 tier and 1 each for AC 1 tire and chair car coaches. Following a successful test run between Bhopal and Bina railway stations, clearance from Railway Board is awaited following which these coaches will be seen on ISO certified trains and Rajdhani Express while special chair car coaches for Shatabdi Express will also be manufactured by CRWS.
Recently, the Indian Railways was making headlines for having a plan to collaborate with the Russian Railways to increase the speed of our passenger trains up to 200 km per hour.
Luxury train Tejas to link Surat, Mumbai
There is some good news for Surat-Mumbai commuters. Come March, a high-end train, Tejas, will be launched between Surat and Mumbai. Railway minister Suresh Prabhu announced the launch of Tejas between Surat and Mumbai during his visit in the city on Sunday for the foundation stone-laying ceremonies of four projects in north Gujarat and central Gujarat and launch of Disha mobile application.
“I have come to Surat for the first time and can’t go without offering a gift to Surtis. Indian Railways will run high-end Tejas train between Surat and Mumbai. Operating at speeds above 130 kmph, it will offer on-board services such as entertainment, local cuisine, Wi-Fi, etc. through a single service provider to ensure accountability and improved customer satisfaction,” Prabhu said at Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) here.
“Commuters travelling in Tejas from Surat will reach Mumbai in less than two-and-a-half-hours. The coaches of Tejas will have television screens at the back of the chairs,” Prabhu added.
“Gujarat has been the most neglected state when it comes to budgetary allocation of the Indian Railways. From 2009-2014, Gujarat received only Rs 588 crore for capital expenditure. In our regime, the allocation in 2015-16 was increased to Rs 2,467 crore, which was 319 per cent higher than previous eight years. This time around, the expenditure in Gujarat has been pegged at Rs 13,025 crore,” said Prabhu.