Indian Railways: LHB Third AC coaches to have 83 seats, RDSO gets Rs 85.65 crore for research and design

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Railways to increase the number of seats in their 3AC coaches to give more confirm tickets to passengers. The number of seats in the Linke Hofmann Bush (LHB) Third AC coaches will be now 83 instead of 72. AC panel of both sides will removed and shifted under the bogie. Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala has prepared the prototype of Third AC coaches with 83 seats as per RDSO design, which will reach Lucknow in 15 days. This year, RDSO has got Rs 85.65 crore in the budget for the research on many projects, while last time 70 crore was given.

This time the RDSO budget has been increased by 22% for Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative. Director General of Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) Virendra Kumar said that many projects, including TICAS, telemetry system, high speed train and corridor will gain momentum. RDSO has created End of Train Telemetry (EOTT) equipment to establish communication between loco pilot and last wagon/coaches of train. This system will be fitted in the guard wagon of the freight train.

This will make the goods train operations without a guard. If there is any incident such as decoupling, the EOTT will display the information on the screen of the loco pilot. Trial is going in East Coast Railway and South Eastern Railway. These equipment are being ordered for about 400 freight trains. Indian Railways has approved the RDSO Train Collision Avoidance System (TICAS) to prevent train collisions. The TICAS will alert about the position of the signal and the hazards on the track.

466.42 crore has been received for the Rs 819.9 crore project of the Dedicated Test Corridor from Jodhpur to Jaipur for rolling stock trials including high speed trains. The size of the container used to transport automobiles from the port and other places will decrease. Now merchants sending less goods will also be able to book containers. RDSO has designed the cube shaped container to reduce the carrying cost by 15-20%. Research is also underway to prevent damage to OHE on increasing speed of trains on Howrah-Delhi and Delhi-Mumbai routes. Vistadome coaches running at the speed of 160 kmph are being prepared at Integral Coach Factory, Chennai. Distributed Power Control System trial has been started from January 5, in long freight trains where multiple locos are used at the front and rear of the train, and sometimes in the middle of the train on the ghat section.

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