1. Wow! Indian Railways rolls out first 100% ‘Make in India’ LHB coaches that enhance passengers safety

Wow! Indian Railways rolls out first 100% ‘Make in India’ LHB coaches that enhance passengers safety

For the first time, Indian Railways has rolled out a 100% 'Make in India' LHB (Linke-Hofmann-Busch) coaches, with each and every component made in the country.

By: | Published: October 6, 2017 4:14 PM
Indian railways, railways lhb, lhb coaches Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream ‘Make in India’ project just got a boost from Indian Railways!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream ‘Make in India’ project just got a boost from Indian Railways! For the first time, Indian Railways has rolled out 100% ‘Make in India’ LHB (Linke-Hofmann-Busch) coaches, with each and every component made in the country. Manufactured at ICF (Integral Coach Factory) at Chennai, the ‘Make in India’ the coaches have been allotted to Western Railways. The technology for making modern coaches was acquired by Indian Railways from Linke-Hofmann-Busch, Germany back in 1995. However, till now even though the coaches were made and assembled here, some components were imported.

“Coach No. LACCN 111 and LSDD 166 with 100% indigenous content was flagged off after inspection from Member Rolling Stock of the Railway Board,” an ICF official told FE Online. Out of the two ‘Make in India’ coaches that have been rolled out by ICF, the non-AC one has 100% indigenous components. The AC coach has one imported component. “The non-AC coaches are fitted with wheel disc manufactured at Rail Wheel Factory at Bangalore. The AC coach has an imported wheel that has been assembled at ICF with some value added component,” the ICF official said.

Asked about how soon the AC coaches will also have 100% indigenous components, the official said, “Member Rolling Stock has said that talks are on with local manufacturers. We should be able to zero in on someone soon. Once that happens, the AC coaches too will have all indigenous components.”

Given the spate of rail accidents over the last year, Indian Railways has decided to stop production of traditional ICF coaches in 2017. Now, ICF Chennai will make only LHB coaches. LHB coaches boast of stainless steel bodies and have anti-climbing features. This ensures that in case of a derailment, the coaches do not pile onto each other, hence making them safer. The LHB coaches also have a graduated release modular braking system the axle mounted disc brakes.

But, will all of them be 100% ‘Make in India’? Not yet, that’s a gradual process, says the ICF official. “We have been asked to almost double our production of LHB coaches, so 100% ‘Make in India’ will take some time to be absorbed completely,” he says, adding that focus is on meeting the twin goals of safety and ‘Make in India’.

Meanwhile, ICF is also working on project ‘Train-2018’ – a technological leap for the coach factory under which ‘Make in India’ self-propelled train sets will be manufactured. The ‘first of its kind’ semi-high speed self-propelled train set has been proposed for inter-city superfast travel.

  1. Joy Jacob
    Oct 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm
    The stress shall be on passenger safety and comfort rather than on being confined to Make in India.
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      James
      Oct 9, 2017 at 9:33 pm
      This arrticle is trying to give Modi credit.At the moment it is still using imported component for a/c coach so it is still not 100 .If the technology has been obtained in 1995,over the years ,the percentage of imported components will go down and will gradually be made locally.
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        stranger
        Oct 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm
        sad that when china is making bullet trains we are basking with coaches (that too not 100 but declaring it as 100 ) and trying to compete with pak instead. make in india is not going to succeed unless all trade malpractices and tariff and fdi protections are removed.
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          best of best
          Oct 8, 2017 at 10:26 am
          only namo can do this. since 1995 to 2017 we were importing part of coaches and assembling here... only after namo we are fully making them here. more jobs for localities. great going modi thaliava.
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            best of best
            Oct 8, 2017 at 9:47 am
            namo the best pm of india, all these years since 1995 we seem to be importing components and assembling the coaches, now we are making 100 here. more jobs in india. foreign exchange saved. all the best
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              Venkat
              Oct 7, 2017 at 7:03 pm
              Great news!! LHB should be manufactured in some more factories so that the old conventional coaches can be phased out and completely replaced with LHB since the coaches do not climb on top of one another in the event of an accident or derailment.
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              1. John Ssb
                Oct 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm
                Great news love u PM modi
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                  Mahipati
                  Oct 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm
                  Design from other country manufacturing is done here. India is manufacturing fighter planes for last decades in this way. What a great achievement? Will quality be maintained?
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                    Bhalchandra
                    Oct 7, 2017 at 5:02 pm
                    Great !!!!!
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                      Sats
                      Oct 7, 2017 at 2:50 pm
                      shailendra.satam icloud
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                        Narayan
                        Oct 7, 2017 at 2:20 pm
                        And wirhout a name in hindi??
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                          Saahil Trivedi
                          Oct 7, 2017 at 3:29 pm
                          Kyun bhai, yanha Hindi ke kya ukhaad liya? Tamil mein hotah toh phir bhi thoda sense hain kyunki yeh Chennai mein banaayi gayi hain!
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                            Imran
                            Oct 7, 2017 at 1:04 am
                            How many succes project he did as he is expect making "SHOUR" What is gain from below Face book office visit ??? What is use Google office visit ?? What is use ?? Many country visit ?? Clean Ganga ????? ( core of Rs spend ? Where is clean Ganga ??? Cow Raksh ?? What we do for this animal daily feeding ??? Does 15 lacs Rs reached in common man account ?? Note bandi ?? What was empact of this ?? GST ?? ( small business house are crying for GST impact ) even many CA are not clear of GST detailing ) Few are things....
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                              best of best
                              Oct 8, 2017 at 10:24 am
                              tu rehene de, dimag gutneme hota hai to time lagta hai samajne me.
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                                chakoti
                                Oct 8, 2017 at 10:28 am
                                yes you are genius, where is the brain in yr knees?
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                                Palengri
                                Oct 6, 2017 at 10:26 pm
                                CONGRATULATIONS TO ICF INDIAN RAILWAYS!!!!KEEP IT UP AND USE BULLET TRAIN SPEED TO PRODUCE MORE COACHES!!!
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                                  ksmallikarjuna rao
                                  Oct 6, 2017 at 9:08 pm
                                  The train is well. success of PM's dream भारत बदल रहा है first DEME world first with suresh prabhu next make in india with integral coach chennai. we proud of our technicians. thanks.
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                                    Anurag Shrivastava
                                    Oct 6, 2017 at 6:45 pm
                                    Any make in TAX ? 😳😜
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                                      Viraj Raman
                                      Oct 6, 2017 at 6:29 pm
                                      Make in India will help India in foreign exchange
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                                        ksmallikarjuna rao
                                        Oct 6, 2017 at 9:10 pm
                                        must should.
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                                        Sing is
                                        Oct 6, 2017 at 6:20 pm
                                        Modi dream will only be dream. He is a feku.
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                                        1. Man
                                          Oct 6, 2017 at 8:56 pm
                                          atleast he is trying..better than you stupid
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