Railways uncouples sudden jerks

Sunday, 17 March 2019

They are making efforts to make the rides smoother for travellers

Pune: After years of complaints from railway passengers about shaking of the coaches when the train reaches high speed has been addressed by Railway authorities.
Railway Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) has developed a new ‘Balanced Type Draft Gear’, by making the required changes in the older ‘Centre buffer coupler system’, (CBC). 

This is an add-on feature for the coaches, which is fitted here in Pune.

Apparently, whenever a train catches speed or stops or starts, the coaches would shake, causing jerks, and cause inconvenience to children and senior citizens. But eventually, the Railways has woken up to it.

Under the guidance of Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Milind Deouskar, the senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer Vijay Singh Dadas, Chief Depot Officer Kuldeep Raghuvanshi and Assistant Divisional Mechanical Engineer Partha and the team of officers, supervisors and other staff implemented the new system in Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches of trains starting from Pune. 

The system has been first started in Pune-Secunderabad Shatabdi Express, Ahmedabad Duranto Express, and Mumbai-Pune Intercity Express.

LHB design coaches are lighter in weight, have higher carrying capacity, higher speed potential, increased codal life and better safety features as compared to Integral Coach Factory (ICF) design coaches.

The passenger coaches in Indian Railways (IR) have been designed with the necessary safety features considering the operating conditions.
However, with a view to provide a safer and more comfortable journey to passengers, it has been decided to replace conventional Integral Coach Factory design coaches of Mail/Express trains with LHB design coaches in a phased manner.

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