Rail Coach Factory to manufacture 30 Narrow Gauge Vistadome coaches for Kalka - Shimla Railway
20.07.2021: Rail Coach Factory willmanufacture 30 Narrow Gauge Vistadome coaches for Kalka - Shimla Railway. Ministry of Railways has advised RCF to take up manufacture of coaches in next few months with upgraded state-of-the-art passenger interface areas. Presently, Integral Coach Factory, Chennai is manufacturing such type of coaches.
Rail Coach Factory is the reputed manufacturer of LHB coaches for premium and mail/express trains, besides manufacturing Meter Gauge coaches for export.
RCF has developed the initial designs for new NG coachesbased on LHB technology. This includes a light weight shell design configured to provide different types of coaches to meet various business demands and passenger aspirations including vistadome designs with panaromic windows. In addition to the new shell, it is planned to upgrade bogies and the brake system helping in to bring a significant improvement in speed potential from existing 25/35 kmph to 40/55 kmph. The coaches will also be equipped with modern safety features viz. CCTV and fire alarm etc..
Besides above , the main attraction of coaches will be design incorporating large and wider windows with provision of opening that offer a panoramic view of the passing landscape, see-through glass rooftop for mesmerising views, aesthitically textured interior FRP panels, reclined seats that can rotate up to 180 degrees in the direction of the train’s movement, restaurant type sitting arrangement with snack table for each seat, automatic body side plug doors etc. The RCF built NG coaches oniconic Kalka Shimla railway track will embark a new outlook towards the stretch and provide a magical viewto witness as the train chugs along the mountains.
RCF will undertake the manufacturing of Executive AC Chair car, AC 2nd Class Chair car, General sitting and SLR coaches.
The first prototype rake of these Narrow Guage coaches will be ready by December, this year.