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Your AC-3 tier Indian Railways train journey is set to get ‘luxurious’ with these new upgrades; here’s a sneak peek

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Wed May 03 2017, 1:52 pm
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    The face of AC-3 tier rail travel in India is witnessing a big 'luxurious' revamp - proof of which was the recently seen in the new Humsafar Express. Now, passengers have reason to cheer even more as Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways has already upgraded the coaches of Humsafar Express and a new rake is set to roll out soon. According to a report in the Indian Express, the new AC-3 tier coaches of the upgraded Humsafar Express boast of features like ladders with comfortable footrests and separate urinals for men in toilets. Here's a sneak peek:(Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

  • Indian Railways, Ac-3 tier coach, humsafar express

    According to the report, at least 10 major and minor design interventions have been made by Indian Railways to change the travel experience in AC-3 tier coaches.(Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

  • Indian Railways, Ac-3 tier coach, humsafar express

    All berths in the new coaches will have reading lights and USB charging ports, said the report. In the new coaches, every cabin with eight berths will have two plug points and six USB ports. Also, Railways has installed special capacitors for the ports, keeping in mind passengers' habit to use their mobile phones while charging.

    The special capacitors will make sure that the ports don't heat up, ensuring passenger safety. (Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

  • Indian Railways, Ac-3 tier coach, humsafar express

    As stated earlier, ladders to reach to upper berths will have comfortable footrests and additional handles meant to aid access to the top berth.(Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

  • Indian Railways, Ac-3 tier coach, humsafar express

    The upgraded toilets of the new Humsafar Express will boast of foldable tables that can be used to change nappies of babies. Additionally, a separate urinal for men has been provided.(Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

  • Indian Railways, Ac-3 tier coach, humsafar express

    Railways has used inputs from a student of the National Institute of Design to upgrade toilets. The floor of the toilets in the new coaches is made of a special material which does not soil easily. The walls are also graffiti resistant.

    Additionally, the steel mug chained to a pipe has been replaced by a faucet.(Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

  • Indian Railways, Ac-3 tier coach, humsafar express

    The coaches will have GPS-enabled screens at each end to provide passengers location related information. This feature is also available in the present Humsafar Express.(Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

  • Indian Railways, Ac-3 tier coach, humsafar express

    The new coaches have a beige-cream-grey colour scheme, unlike the traditional blue upholstery that one has always associated with Indian Railways train berths.(Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

  • Indian Railways, Ac-3 tier coach, humsafar express

    IE reported a Rae Bareli Coach Factory executive as saying that one of the "hardest design challenges" involved re-doing the side-lower berth. Passengers often complain that when the two back rests of the side berths are lowered to make a berth, it makes for a very uncomfortable ride.

    However, this complaint has now been addressed by Railways. A thin cushioned plank has been placed alongside the side-lower berth seats. When the backrests are joined to make a berth, the passenger just has to slide the plank up and put it on top of the joined backrests. This ensures a flat berth.(Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

  • Indian Railways, Ac-3 tier coach, humsafar express

    Like the earlier Humsafar Express trains, the new one will have features such as toilet occupancy indicators, CCTV cameras, special fire and smoke detection and control system.(Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

  • Indian Railways, Ac-3 tier coach, humsafar express

    Each coach has a small pantry unit which is equipped with a coffee/tea/soup vending machine, a heating chamber and a refrigerating box. (Express Photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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