July 14, 2016

Indian Railways set to launch Tejas and Humsafar trains train with Wi-Fi,entertainment screens, and vending machines for passengers

Indian Railways is all set to roll out its first Tejas Express train, as announced by Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu in the Budget.
The new train rakes are being manufactured at the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala.
Indian Railways has placed an order for one Tejas rake consisting of 14 chair cars, 3 executive chair cars and 3 power cars with the RCF
CF has already handed over one rake of the proposed Humsafar train to Indian Railways. Railways had placed an order for 5 Humsafar rakes with RCF, consisting of 19 3-tier AC coaches and 2 power cars. Humsafar has been proposed as a fully air-conditioned third AC service with an optional service for meals.
Both Tejas and Hamsafar will have CCTVs, and fire and smoke detection and suppression system.
Apart from these, RCF is also working on manufacturing Antyodaya Express (superfast trains for unreserved passengers) and UDAY (Utkrisht Double-Decker Air-conditioned Yatri). Both these trains were also announced as a part of the Railway Budget speech by Suresh Prabhu this year. While 3 rakes of Antyodaya have been ordered, UDAY is currently at the design stage.
Orders for Antyodaya rakes have also been placed with Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai. ICF is also making Deen Dayalu coaches, which are unreserved coaches with potable water and a higher number of mobile charging points.
Tejas, along with other trains like Humsafar, Antyodaya, and Deen Dayalu, are a key feature of the rail budget aimed at providing world-class facilities to all sections of passengers.
The coaches on Tejas trains boast high-tech entertainment units, Wi-Fi facilities, and integrated braille displays, and are being readied to give passengers the feel of world-class travel.
Tejas means 'brilliance', and the trains' coaches will be painted a golden colour.
Those of the Hamsafar, also to be rolled out this year, will be draped in vinyl sheets painted in the clours of earth and sky, to convey the message that the trains are the common man's carrier.
Design features of the Tejas, Hamsafar, Antodaya and Deen Dayalu coaches have been finalised now. The production units have been instructed to manufacture and equip the coaches accordingly, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Tejas coaches will have Executive Class and Chair Cars, while those of the Hamsafar will have 3-AC.
Besides the improved aesthetics, Tejas coaches will be equipped with 22 new features, including entertainment screens for each passenger, phone sockets, and LED boards for communicating safety instructions.
There will be water level indicators in bio-vacuum toilets, sensorised taps, and hand driers.
Tejas coaches will also have Wi- Fi facilities, integrated braille displays, digital destination boards, and electronic passenger reservation charts.
Since Tejas will be a new premier class train, attempts have been made to provide state-of-the-art facilities, including tea and coffee vending machines, magazines and snack tables, the official said.
Both Tejas and Hamsafar will have CCTV, and fire and smoke detection and suppression systems.
Tejas and Hamsafar trains, along with Antodaya Express and Deen Dayalu coaches, are to be introduced in the current fiscal as part of the budget proposal.
Antodaya Express will be a fully unreserved train, while Deen Dayalu coaches will have improved facilities for general class passengers.