Tamil Nadu: Integral Coach Factory manufactures India’s first paintless Antyodaya coaches

Taking a giant leap in coach production, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has manufactured the first rake of paintless (exterior) Antyodaya coaches.

Published: 17th April 2018 02:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2018 02:41 AM   |  A+A-

Paintless coaches of an Antyodaya rake stationed at Tambaram | Express

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Taking a giant leap in coach production, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has manufactured the first rake of paintless (exterior) Antyodaya coaches.The rake comprising 24 coaches, which was handed over to the Southern Railway recently, is operated as a special train between Tambaram and Tirunelveli.The new type of paintless LHB stainless steel general class coaches will be operated as part of an unreserved train for superfast service on dense routes at the 120-kmph speed.

The coaches have corrugate sidewall with duplex stainless steel of 2-mm thickness. It also has paintless finish and fleet graphic and hydrophobic anti-graphic stickers, said ICF officials.Explaining the features of the coaches,  official sources said roof-tops are coated with solar heat-resistant paint. “The rake has been manufactured to sport an aesthetic look with better travel comfort. Passengers can walk from one end to the other end through vestibule. The toilets have bio-retention tanks, good flush and exhaust system,” said the officials.

In addition to this, the coaches are provided with cushioned seat and luggage rack,  two chargers per bay,  two water dispensers per coach, additional dustbins, Braille signage and fire extinguishers. Besides, the coaches are also fiftted with LED lights and toilet occupation indication boards.“We are also planning to manufacture one more rake (24 coaches) of paintless Antyodaya coaches for the Southern Railway,” added the officials.The rake, which is currently used for operating special trains, is likely to be introduced as a regular Antyodaya Express between Tambaram and Tirunelveli, said railway sources.

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  • srinivasan

    Coach factory should also consider heat proof sandwich panels so that the non AC compartments does not become like furnace during the summer, it is really a nightmare to travel by non AC during the summer season. The Railways should recall all the coaches and fit proper sewage tank otherwise the railway stations like the Chennai central literally stinks because the toilet sewage been let out on the tracks, only some of the coaches are modified but not all. Hygiene has to be given more importance by the railways.
    4 months ago reply
  • Ajt B Gaikwad

    However, in this one there should be provision for handicap coaches at both the ends.
    5 months ago reply
  • Vishal

    It says giant leap
    6 months ago reply
  • Ashok Sarkar

    woh! grt. news
    6 months ago reply
  • Surekha

    Are they made of stainless steel body.
    7 months ago reply
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