1. Railways set to unveil luxurious AC 3-tier coach; here are 10 major features you need to know

Railways set to unveil luxurious AC 3-tier coach; here are 10 major features you need to know

Indian Railways has gone for a 'major makeover' of the AC 3-tier coach.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 3, 2017 4:05 PM
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Soon, travelling in the AC 3-tier coach will become luxurious. Indian Railways has gone for a ‘major makeover’ of the AC 3-tier coach to make it more passenger friendly, according to The Indian Express report. Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has time to time pitched for modernisation of India’s most favoured mode of transportation apart from focusing on its safety. The Narendra Modi government has taken a slew of initiatives to make train journeys more comfortable. The makeover of AC 3-tier coaches is one of them. Speaking to The Indian Express, M K Gupta, General Manager of the Modern Coach Factory workshop in Rae Bareli said, ““Ever since the AC 3-tier first rolled out in India, we have not been able to get rid of the footprint of the old design. Whatever little changes were made inside, the look and feel as well as the user experience remained more or less the same. Our mandate was to change all that and make from scratch,”.

Here are key takeaways:

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1. It has been learned that the first coach is currently awaiting the railway ministry’s final nod. It is set to hit the tracks as the new all-AC-3-tier Humsafar Express to be unveiled later this month, according to The Indian Express report.

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2. According to the report, the new AC 3-tier coach will have USB charging ports and reading lights for all berths.

3. There will be ladders with comfortable footrests. Apart from this additional handles will be there for easier access to the top berth, the report says.

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4. In a good news for travellers, the coaches will have separate urinals for men in the toilets. Foldable nappy-changing tables for babies will also be available.

5. A GPS-enabled screen has been installed in each coach to display the train’s location.

6. There are at least 10 major and minor design interventions — the AC 3-tier is the only passenger operation in which the Indian Railways makes a profit. As part of the new look, a beige-cream-grey colour scheme has replaced the old signature blue upholstery of the Railways, the report says.

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7. In the new coach, a thin, cushioned plank has been placed alongside the side-lower seats. After lowering the backrests, the passenger will have to slide the plank up to place it on top of the joined backrests for it to become a flat berth, Gupta said.

8. For every cabin of eight berths, there are two plug points and six USB ports, the report says.

9. To the readers’ delight, each berth has been provided a reading light.

10. In the toilets, the floor is made of a material which does not soil easily and the walls are graffiti resistant. Apart from this, the steel mug chained to a pipe has been replaced by a faucet.

The new coach has every possible modern facilities, like CCTV cameras near doors, smoke detector alarms and tea coffee vending machines. The manufacturing cost of each coach is Rs 2.7 crore, about Rs 20 lakh more than an ordinary AC 3-tier coach, Gupta told Indian Express.

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Meanwhile, it has been learned that the Railways will invite bids this month from top foreign and domestic vendors for a Rs 20,000 crore joint venture project to manufacture around 5,000 electric coaches that will have modern facilities and run faster than existing ones. The stainless steel AC and non AC coaches will be equipped with automatic doors, forced ventilation system, bio-toilets, and a regenerative braking system that saves power, besides boasting of better interior design, as per PTI report.

According to PTI report, known as Electric Multiple Unit and Mainline Electric Multiple Units, these coaches run without a traditional locomotive and are used generally on local routes. With the modern coaches, the Railways is looking to ensure that local and mainline train services become faster and more comfortable. In June last year, the Railways had started the process of sounding out potential bidders for the manufacturing around 500 such coaches over the next 10 years in a joint venture model at the proposed Kanchrapara rail factory in West Bengal.

Vendors like Bombardier (Canada), Siemens consortium (Germany), Alstom (France), CRRC Corporation consortium (China), Stadler (Switzerland), Medha consortium (India),and BHEL, an Indian PSU, have made the cut to qualify for the bidding process. The public transporter will have a 26 per cent stake in the joint venture project, the PTI story says. “We will issue the request for proposal this month for the Kanchrapara coach factory in Bengal,” a senior Railway Ministry official was quoted as saying by PTI.

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  1. Narayanan Narayanan
    May 14, 2017 at 8:22 pm
    Request to provide better facilities in SL Sleeper Class. Not to allow other than reserved passengers.
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      SATISH mali
      May 5, 2017 at 9:17 am
      Ambaji electrical c.32abhinandan swaami so megastar a bad
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        Mohan Kumar Ray
        May 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm
        Good effort. Will be eager to see the implementation.
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          shoeb khan
          May 4, 2017 at 1:35 pm
          This is the reason why I like so much BJP.
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            A m motiwala
            May 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm
            To-day I travelled by Ashram Express Train No.12916 in AC 2tier A1 coach seat no 1 n 3. The Coach was and outdated wear and teared with broken seats and without charging slot. We are talking of new Upgraded 3tier but present 3tier are much better than 2tier for we are doubly charged. The need of hour is to upgrade the out dated coaches. But every possible step is taken to replace the already existing well maintained coaches instead of replacing outdateds. Nothing but corruption and Scams. Is ru the countries.
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              Dilip Thaker
              May 4, 2017 at 11:55 am
              Lovly thanks for updating the coach as per trend asked now a days, appreciated warmly if current running coaches and dame facility are taken care off rigorously to help passengers,instead of boasting current government.
              1. D
                May 4, 2017 at 11:54 am
                I heard sometime back that railway will withdraw AC 2tier coaches from the train.It my earnest request that donot withraw the AC 2tier coach totally.If it is not cost effective than increase the fair .AC 3tier coach is very crowdy and it very difficult to climb upper berth especially for elderly passengers.So please don't withraw AC2tier coaches.
                1. D
                  May 5, 2017 at 10:33 am
                  Very true already 3 ac has taken place of sleeper cl please continue 2 ac along side for the comfort of passenger to have them peaceful journey to there destination
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                  Md Saifullah
                  May 4, 2017 at 11:34 am
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                    S R P Raman
                    May 4, 2017 at 7:40 am
                    Things are improving no doubt, Railways are trying their best but we the users don't consider it as our duty to take care of it. Each one of us talk about cleanliness but are we really concern about it. In our own home, we care but the moment we step out just forget swatch Bharat. We have the habit of blaming authorities without realising our own responsibility. We need to stop preaching but introspect and correct ourselves. When we travel consider Railways as our home and not only keep it clean Don't allow anyone to litter and dirty the coaches. Railways have kept a team of clean staff whose Services need to be utilised fully & effectively. Jai Hind Swatch Bharat
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                      Sumanta sinha
                      May 3, 2017 at 10:51 pm
                      Its a great news to launching new coaches..my humble request to our honourable Railway minister...I was travel after long years in Geetanjali express...so bad situation in normal cl ..all sleeper cl passengers are going like animals...but eveeybody taking tkts..but there is no good service..TT are behaving same i mean to say .... All bad old coaches..bad smailes..i think i saw only one..there is many this situations...
                      1. G
                        May 3, 2017 at 8:38 pm
                        first make it safe to travel
                        1. Srinivasan Mariappan
                          May 3, 2017 at 4:18 pm
                          Improved version of AC 3 Tier coaches are good and utilized for further fares increases only. Requested to provide adequate water supply to the both urinals and Toilets so as to make journey comfortable without bad smells in this costlier coaches.
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                            Dharmendra Singh
                            May 3, 2017 at 2:22 pm
                            Everything on paper like other governents modi goverment is also not keeping promise about railway....first change all the existing Coaches to LHB as promised and then start giving luxury....general public do not want luxury...150 people plus thousand of people died due to this old coaches....repair & modify tracks and increase speed...alreay three years p ed and two year left for this govt...Three years is more than enough to modernise railway...Do not only give lecture do whatever you promised before the election...Last week i traveled from pune to Tatanagar from Azad hind express in 3rd AC...i did't feel any change it was same as 20 years back.....Mr. prabhu don't waste time stick to your govt's promise so each and every body could feel the change after 5 years and again elect your govt for next five years again otherwise people will feel cheated like other cong govt did over the years with people of India.Jai Hind...Har Har Modi.
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                              Dr. Pramod Dubale
                              May 3, 2017 at 1:50 pm
                              Travel by rail, has been a wonderful experience from my childhood. My recent journey from Mangalore to Madgaon by AC was comfortable. However, there were plenty of roaches which I did not want to take home. There was so much garbage along the track. Will it ever get removed? In credible India.,has lot of challenges, to gear up to swatch Bharat.
                              1. S
                                May 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm
                                i am eagerly waiting for the renewal of indian railways amy this all come true . I juat want that cleanliness should be a must point . Especially the food,blankets,pillows and beverages and also the lavoratories. It should be taken care of that the blankets and pilloes are washed cleanly. Also there should be enough waterv provided in the lavoratories .
                                1. G
                                  May 3, 2017 at 9:25 am
                                  I think first they should look into how the current facilities are: Like they should look into the hygiene of blanket and pillows provided. Are they getting properly washed and replaced. What I have observed is, the bogie attendee just shuffle the blankets and pillows from the p enger who reached their destination to the p enger who got in from their source of journey.
                                  1. Nitin Chaudhry
                                    May 3, 2017 at 10:19 am
                                    Very True Gaurav, Currently the Washroom and Birth Conditions are worst.. Even they have to focus on Train Puntuality
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