Railways Rolls Out First AC 3-Tier Economy Class Coach

The Indian Railways recently rolled out the first three-tier economy class coach. The Railways ministry added that the trial of the first prototype of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) AC three-tier economy class has been successfully completed.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal shared the information in Rajya Sabha. The coach has been rolled out by Railway’s coach factory in Kapurthala. The Railways Ministry also informed that it has taken several other steps to provide more comfort to train passengers. These LHB Economy class coaches will be introduced in all Mail / Express trains running with LHB coaches (except Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto and Jan Shatabdi).

Here are the new features of LHB AC three-tier coach:

  1. Electrical panels reduce the footprint on the passenger deck, releasing additional floor space for passenger use.
  2. Increased Passenger capacity of 83 berths.
  3. Provision of an enabling entrance and compartment for Divyangian with wheelchair access complying with Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan norms.
  4. AC ducting by providing individual vents for all berths.
  5. The modular design of seats and berths to improve comfort, reduced weight and higher maintainability.
  6. Improved passenger conveniences in form of foldable snack tables in both longitudinal and transverse bays, injury-free spaces and holders for water bottles, mobile phones and magazines.
  7. Individual read lights and mobile charging points for each berth.
  8. Ergonomically improved design of ladder for accessing the middle and upper berths.
  9. Increased headroom in the middle and upper berths.
  10. Improved design of the Indian and the Western-style lavatories.
  11. Aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic entrance.
  12. Luminescent aisle markers.
  13. Illuminated berth indicators integral with night lights with luminescent berth numbers.
  14. Improved fire safety standards by ensuring compliance with the world benchmark of EN45545-2 HL3 for materials.

Meanwhile, Railways issued a set of guidelines to prevent incidents of crime against women in trains. The action plan should be classified into the Short Term and Long Term Plan. Short Term plans should be implemented immediately from the existing resources on priority without any delay. It may include keeping watch on suspects, a regular visit to vulnerable spots by duty officers and staff during their rounds.


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