Railway Design: Indian Railways Unveils State-Of-The-Art Economy AC 3-Tier Coach To Replace Sleeper Class
The Indian Railways has finally unveiled the much awaited Economy AC 3-Tier coach which is expected to replace the legacy Sleeper Class coaches, Times of India reports.
Here are some of the pictures of the coach shared by TOI.
As per the report, this coach will have 83 berths instead of the existing 64 present in the current 3-Tier coaches. These will be 11 more than the berths in the Sleeper Class.
Despite the added capacity, the passenger comfort has not been compromised and the added space has been created by moving the main electrical control to the coach’s underslung.
Built by Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala, the coach boasts of features like personalised AC vents, reading lights and USB chargers for every berths. Other features include, fire-proof berths, modified climbing ladders and snacks table for side berths.
This revolutionary coach is expected to replace all the existing sleeper coaches in Mail and Express trains to provide an air-conditioned experience to the reserved passengers.
“We have tried to make up for the lesser space by providing personalised comfort features to passengers, some of the features match aircraft and luxury cars. All this has been done with only a marginal increase in manufacturing cost”, General Manager of RCF Ravinder Gupta has been quoted as saying.
These coaches built on an LHB livery are capable of running at the speed of 160 kmph. These will permit the Railways to run the trains at 160 kmph on the Golden Quadrilateral. Currently ICF coaches prevent Railways from running the non-premium trains at more than 110 kmph.
The fares in these coaches will be priced between the existing tariffs of Sleeper and 3-Tier coaches.