Date of Post : 12 Oct, 2018
The LHB coaches, unlike conventional ICF (Integral Coach Factory), Chennai coaches doesn’t have the underslung batteries for powering the lights, fans and air-conditioning through the self-generation, and as such need diesel powered power cars on both the ends of the LHB Rakes that is technically called the End-on-Generation power cars.
However, since there is a restriction of number of coaches that can be attached to a rake say up to 24 considering the safety aspects, this has resulted in reduction of a General Unreserved Coach (technically termed the Brake-cum-Luggage van) including the one that has portion reserved for specially abled (Divyangjan) passengers.
Realizing the special needs of Divyangjan passengers, ICF took up this project of designing a Power Car without compromising on the passenger area. Within a short time span of 9 months, a totally new design was developed and manufactured. This design has the diesel-generator set moved under the floor.
The underslung creates space for accommodating not only general unreserved passengers (for seating 30 passengers) but also a dedicated space for up to 6 specially abled (Divyangjan) passengers. A specially designed toilet for them has also been built. An automatic retractable footplate has been provided to enable the Divyangjan passengers to easily entrain and detrain with their wheelchairs. This coach has been developed by ICF at an estimated cost of Rs.3.7 crores.
With a view to further improve this coach, ICF administration has decided to ask for the feedback from the rail users and 5 of these coaches have been planned to be sent to Southern Railway keeping in mind the easy feedback possibilities from the users and quick carrying out modifications/betterments.
Source: ICF, Chennai