Indian Railways-led by Suresh Prabhu may start getting Tejas coaches by the end of this month. Coaches of the train are being made at the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala, Punjab and will be handed over to the Ministry of Railways by August end. “In the initial phase, 1 chair car, 1 executive chair car and 1 power car coaches will be handed over to the Railways by the end of August,” a RCF official said. Indian Railways has placed an order for one Tejas rake consisting of 14 chair cars, 3 executive chair cars and 3 power cars with the RCF.
Tejas will operate at speeds of 130 kmph and above and offer onboard services such as entertainment, local cuisine, WiFi. Tejas coaches will be equipped with 22 new features, including entertainment screens for each passenger along with phone socket and LED boards for communicating safety instructions. There will be water level indicators in bio-vacuum toilets, sensorised taps and hand driers. Both Tejas and Hamsafar will have CCTVs, and fire and smoke detection and suppression system.
In pic: Tejas coaches under construction at Rail Coach Factory
The train will have high-tech entertainment units, Wi-Fi facility and integrated braille displays, to give its passengers the feel of world-class travel.
We look at some other key features:
1) Tejas coaches will have Executive Class and Chair Cars, while those of Hamsafar will have 3-AC.
2) Tejas coaches will be equipped with 22 new features, including entertainment screens for each passenger along with hand phone socket and LED boards for communicating safety instructions.
3) There will be water level indicators in bio-vacuum toilets, sensorised taps and hand driers.
4) Attempts have been made to provide state-of-the-art facilities in Tejas, including tea and coffee vending machines, magazines and snack tables, according to reports.
The route of the train hasn’t been decided yet. Meanwhile, RCF has already handed over one rake of the proposed Humsafar train to Indian Railways. Railways had placed an order for 5 Humsafar rakes with RCF, consisting of 19 3-tier AC coaches and 2 power cars. Humsafar has been proposed as a fully air-conditioned third AC service with an optional service for meals.