Date of Post: 07 Oct, 2017
‘Make in India’ the dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi just got a boost from Indian Railways. Indian Railways for the first time has rolled out 100% ‘Make in India’ LHB (Linke-Hofmann-Busch) coaches, with each and every component made in the country.
FIRST MAKE IN INDIA LHB COACHES
- Manufactured at : Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai
- The ‘Make in India’ coaches have been allotted to Western Railways.
- “Coach No. LACCN 111 and LSDD 166 with 100% indigenous content was flagged off after inspection from Member Rolling Stock of the Railway Board,” an ICF official told FE Online.
- Out of the two ‘Make in India’ coaches that have been rolled out by ICF, the non-AC one has 100% indigenous components.
- “The non-AC coaches are fitted with wheel disc manufactured at Rail Wheel Factory at Bangalore. The AC coach has an imported wheel that has been assembled at ICF with some value added component,” the ICF official said.
- He further said, “Member Rolling Stock has said that talks are on with local manufacturers. We should be able to zero in on someone soon. Once that happens, the AC coaches too will have all indigenous components.”
- For Improving the safety & security of passengers travelling in trains, the Indian Railways has decided to stop the production of traditional ICF Coaches in 2017.
- Now, ICF Chennai will make only LHB coaches.
BACKGROUND OF LINKE-HOFMAN-BUSCH (LHB) COACHES
- Indian Railways acquired the technology for making modern coaches from Linke-Hofmann-Busch, Germany, back in 1995.
- Even though the coaches were made & assembled here, some components were imported.
SPECIALITY OF LHB COACHES
- LHB coaches boast of stainless steel bodies and have anti-climbing features.
- The above feature ensures that in case of a derailment, the coaches do not pile onto each other, hence making them safer.
- These coaches also have a graduated release modular braking system the axle mounted disc brakes.
Meanwhile, ICF is also working on project ‘Train-2018’ – a technological leap for the coach factory under which ‘Make in India’ self-propelled train sets will be manufactured. The ‘first of its kind’ semi-high speed self-propelled train set has been proposed for inter-city superfast travel.