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Southern Railway conducts speed trial with LHB coaches

Southern Railway is conducting different trials on the light-weight Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches, which the zone has received, to find out if it can be used as spares in regular trains.Two LHB coaches and a power car were run at 110km speed from Chennai to Arakonam on Monday to study its performance and other technical features. The zone has received one LHB rake as part of efforts to operate more trains using the new generation coaches that are safer and faster than the coaches being used now. However, the zone has not received green signal to use the rakes as a train.

A senior railway official said that there was also a dis cussion to find out if the coaches could be used along with ICF-designed coaches on trains. The railway zone is facing shortage of coaches.

“The trial was to find out how the coaches behaved. The next step will be for officials from Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) to conduct another trial,“ he added.

Tests and trials are needed as LHB coaches are lengthier and light-weight when compared to ICF-design coaches used on majority of trains.LHB coaches could be attached to some of the ICF-design coaches too .

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Posted by on November 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Rail Tariff Authority likely by FY19

The Railway Ministry has announced that its tariff regulator, the Rail Tariff Authority, will be in place by FY19.

Announcing a slew of measures in a medium-term plan of action, Indian Railways said it had also shortlisted five international bidders for 15 train sets (315 railcars) for participating in its request for proposal (RFP).

Financial bids

Financial bids for the project worth ₹2,500 crore are likely by the month-end, a statement from Indian Railways said.

Train sets (electrical multiple units or local trains) are being procured to speed –up train travel on its existing infrastructure and would be used on high density routes such as Delhi- Kanpur.

Two locomotive factories at Madhepura (for electric engines) and at Marhowra (for diesel engines) in Bihar with an investment of ₹3,500 crore is likely to be done by FY19. An order book of about ₹40,000 crore is envisaged for both the plants over the next 11 years.

Of this, a major portion of equity would be funded through FDI with bids for both the factories being done successfully.

Speeding up trains

To enhance the average speed of goods trains, the Railways has targeted award of contracts worth ₹17,000 crore by March 2016 and said that implementation of the 3,300-km-long Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) was on track for commissioning by 2018.

Meanwhile, two loan agreements worth ₹11,375 crore has been negotiated with the World Bank for the Eastern DFC besides finalising contracts worth ₹17,500 crore in the last one year.

Indian Railways is also evaluating a bid to procure 200 locomotives (of 9,000 hp each) for ₹5,000 crore for the Western DFC besides setting up a maintenance facility at Rewari in Haryana.

Also on the anvil is design and development of 25-tonne axle load wagons which can carry a payload of 80 tonnes, enhancing freight carrying capacity by 15 per cent.

The Railways has also enhanced the carrying capacity of steel coil wagon by 68 per cent and also pressed into service six rakes to carry automobiles – each rake having a capacity to carry 318 cars.

The Railways plan to completely switch over to LHB coaches (Linke Hofman and Busch, an Alstom Company) by FY19. For this, IR has commissioned a second unit for manufacturing these coaches at ICF Chennai besides putting up a unit for producing LHB bogie frames at Budge Budge near Kolkata.

Gauge conversion

Gauge conversion of 3,200 km, new lines of 1,700 km and doubling of 8,100 km is also likely by FY19.

Connectivity to the North Eastern states has also been envisaged with Agartala, Aizawl and Imphal expected to be connected via broad gauge trains by FY19 besides the completion of Bogibeel bridge over Brahmaputra at Dibrugarh and construction of a third alternative route via New Maynaguri- Jogighopa

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Chennai-Delhi trains likely to get advanced LHB coaches

Travelling on the Chennai-Delhi and Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram routes may get comfortable as railways is considering introducing safer and spacious Linke Hoffmann Busch (LHB) coaches.

Around 20 new coaches have come to Chennai and a few others are stationed in Thiruvananthapuram.

A senior railway official said the priority will be to replace rakes of Chennai-Delhi Grand Trunk Express and Tamil Nadu Express after which the train to Thiruvananthapuram will be considered.

LHB coaches are based on a German design and have safety features that prevent the coaches from toppling over after derailment.

The railway board has not issued an instruction to replace the coaches though the new rakes have been brought to Chennai. The ministry is planning to supplant existing coaches with LHB in a phased manner in 10 years.

“The focus will be to improve amenities on a train that connects Chennai with the national capital. Four new rakes should arrive and manpower needs to be allotted for maintenance. The technical staff at Basin Bridge yard has expertise to handle LHB coaches because they maintain four trains including Chennai-Bengaluru Shatabdi with the new-generation coaches,” said an official.

Sources said the Chennai-Delhi Duronto should ideally be the first train on the Delhi route to get the new rakes because the coaches being used now were introduced when the all air-conditioned and nonstop services were announced in 2009.

“The train now has coaches made using a mix of ICF and LHB design put together at a cost of Rs 50 crore. This design has been discontinued. The new LHB rake that has arrived in Chennai can be allotted for the twice-a-week service as it is run using one rake,” he added.

However, Southern Railway is yet to take a decision. A spokesperson said, “We have not decided when the new coaches can be inducted.”

As part of the railway ministry’s decision to switch over to the new-generation coaches, ICF has also started to manufacture them in a new unit.

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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Raebareli coach factory to start full-fledged production of coaches by end of the year

Raebareli rail coach factory might start full-fledged production by end of the year. After starting production in 2011, the factory has produced only 375 assembled coaches so far.

The ‘synchronization’ of machines is on at the factory which will ensure full production, said sources.

The factory was set-up to bridge the gap between the demand and supply of coaches. Indian Railways need about 5,000 coaches in a year. RCF, Kapoorthala and Integral coach factory, Chennai together roll out some 2,500 coaches. Raebareli factory, say sources, has the capacity to produce 1,500 coaches if it is made to function in three shifts.

But so far the Lalganj factory in VIP constituency Raebareli has not come on its own. It is still dependent on RCF, Kapoorthala for 50% raw material.

In June last year, the factory was declared independent by the centre so that it could manufacture coaches independently without entirely depending on government fund. But that has not boost production.

“This year it has to manufacture 500 coaches,” said sources.

The factory produces only LHB coaches. LHB is a light weight coach based on German technology that can improve the speed of train and is the latest requirement of Indian Railways.

Railways incur about Rs 2.73 crore in manufacturing a single AC 3 tier LHB coach and Rs 2.63 crore in manufacturing an AC 2 tier LHB coach. An empty shell costs around Rs 50 to 60 lakh.

Info:

Project sanctioned — November 2006

Foundation laid — February 2007

Land acquisition started — August 2007

Sanctioned cost — Rs 1685 crore

Cost escalation (due to delay) — Rs 2500 crore

Target (when announced) — rolling out 1,000 coaches per year

Land acquired — 541 hectare

Land for factory — only 167 hectare

Construction started — February 2009

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Posted by on September 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Prabhu to launch 50,000th coach on July 6

Railways will roll out its 50,000th coach on July 6, marking a momentous occasion for the national transporter in achieving a record performance in the coach manufacturing sector.

The 50,000th AC three-tier coach will come out of the Integrated Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai when Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will press a remote button from the Rail Bhawan here on Monday.

Beside dedicating the 50,000th conventional coach to the nation, Prabhu will also inaugurate the upgrading facility at the ICF for production of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches in Chennai, through video conference facility from here.

A premier industry, ICF was set up in 1955. Since then the factory has been manufacturing conventional coaches aproximately 1,500 a year, catrering to the ever-increasing demand of coaches for new trains.

It is a proud moment for the Indian Railways when the 50,000th coach manufactured by ICF is being dedicated to nation, a senior Railway Ministry official said.

IFC manufactures various types of AC and non-AC coaches including EMUs (Electrical Multiple Units) and DEMU (Diesel Electrical Multiple Units), Metro coaches for Kolkata Metro.

Now the ICF will also manufacture LHB coaches, till now made at Rail Coach factory at Raebareli and Kapurthala, the official said.

LHB coaches are mainly used in premier trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto services.

“Conventional coaches used in mail and express trains will be replaced with LHB coaches gradually,” he said.

ICF is credited with introducing Braille signages in coaches for visually-challenged passengers.

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Posted by on July 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Wheels for 160 km/hr trains to be indigenously developed at RWF

The wheels of the high-speed Indian trains like Shatabdi and Duronto expresses which are currently being imported from Europe are all set to sport the “Made in India” tag. The Yelahanka-based Rail Wheel Factory (RWF) is testing the indigenously manufactured wheels that can clock speeds up to 160 km/hr. Currently, RWF is manufacturing wheels that are run at speeds of only up to 120 km/hr.

The new wheel, called the LHB wheel, will be fit on the air-conditioned stainless steel coaches that are manufactured using the design by Linke Hofmann Busch (hence called LHB wheels).

Currently, the LHB wheels being used by the Indian Railways are imported. In April this year, when Indian Railways faced a shortage of LHB wheels, it asked RWF and the Railway Research, Design and Standard Organisation (RRDSO) to speed up the process of developing LHB wheels in India itself.

An RWF technical staff member said, “The newly developed LHB Wheels have a larger diameter. When the diameter is more the area covered and speed automatically increases. The outer ring of the wheel is also made thicker so as to be able to bare the load even when it reaches its maximum speed. These wheels cannot be used for non-LHB coaches.”

RWF had submitted its designs for the LHB wheels earlier this year. The designs were tested by RRDSO on a software called the Finite Element Analysis Software. The measurement of the wheels are fed into the software and the capacity of thermal load, impact load, speed load are calculated and checked. The company is then given a go-ahead to manufacture the first set of wheels. The first set of wheels are put on physical checks for three years.

Another technical staff member of RWF said, “The wheels have to be checked on various railway tracks across India. Sometimes the tracks are loose in some places; tracks may be wider is some areas, there some specific turns where if the wheels are not aligned properly it could lead to major accidents.

Then the sand density is checked in various areas. The sand density check is the second most important aspect to be considered in terms of rail wheels.

This whole process takes three years. Once testing period is over and the wheels are used on regular basis they need to be changed after completion of one lakh kilometres.”

During the testing period the wheels are attached to empty trains. The development of the LHB wheels was taken up after the LHB coaches began to be manufactured in India.

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Rail Wheels Factory is the only integrated plant in the world to manufacture wheels, axles and wheelsets of trains, all under one roof. The Yelahanka-based company started by manufacturing 1,253 wheel sets in 1984. Currently, the company manufactures 45,223 wheel sets per year.

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Posted by on June 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala all set to rollout 200 kmph coaches by next year

In sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, is contemplating to roll out the first rake of coaches which can run at a speed of 200km per hour. While its design has been prepared, RCF has already ordered a prototype of upgraded brake system, the most crucial component in this high speed train.

“If things go as planned, after getting the prototype of the new brake system, we shall prepare a prototype of the new coach by December. After the in-house testing, the first rake can be rolled out by the end of this financial year or in the beginning 2016-17 fiscal,” said RCF general manager Alok Dave who is also holding the charge of RCF, Rae Bareli.

Pointing out other major changes in the high speed coaches, he revealed that those bogeys would have automatic sliding doors on the sides, improved design of the vestibule area, which would end the externally visible gap between the coaches, LED TVs, WiFi and a better passenger information system. “According to the design prepared for the upgraded disc brake system, it would have steel brake disc and sintered brake pads,” Dave said.

He said as RCF had already rolled out a Shatabadi train rake of 17 coaches, which can run at a speed of 160kmph and which is still being tested on the tracks, they had also manufactured an observation car which can run at the same speed for testing the railway track and overhead electric equipments. The 160kmph rake has automatic compartment doors and GPS-based public information system.

Dave manager said they had rolled out 1,582 coaches in 2014-15 against the target of 1,500 and those also included 102 coaches for RCF. He said that they were also starting large scale manufacturing of non-AC LHB coaches which would be used in high speed trains.

RCF gets biggest export order from Bangladesh

RCF, Kapurthala has also has also bagged an order of 120 LHB coaches from Bangladesh, which is largest export order of coaches the Indian Railways has received. The order comprises 19 power car, 17 First AC chair car, 17 Second AC chair car and 67 non-AC coaches. Forty coaches each will be supplied in three years. Meanwhile, RCF will manufacture 90 AC 3-tier coaches for defence forces and these will be supplied in batch of 30 each in three years. This is the highest order from the defence sector till now.

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Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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