New Delhi: Indian Railways is repainting select coaches on its train network. The Northern Railway – which caters to one of the zones served by Indian Railways – has painted seven different colour schemes on sleeper coaches, according to a statement. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday visited the newly-coloured coaches at New Delhi Railway Station. Indian Railways has been taking steps to revamp its network across the country and improve passenger experience. “(Railway) passengers may expect a complete makeover of coaches for a more pleasing travel experience in near future,” Northern Railway said on microblogging site Twitter.
10 things to know about the Railways’ drive to paint select trains in new colours:
1. The seven colour schemes have been applied to sleeper class coaches of the Northern Railway, according to an official statement.
“These vibrant and innovative colour schemes” have been developed by National Institute of Design-Ahmedabad and Indian Railways, it noted.
3. Indian Railways has painted a number of dark blue colour train coaches in yellowish tan and teak to give them a vibrant look, news agency Press Trust of India reported.
4. “This new colour scheme will be first tried out on a limited number of coaches,” Press Trust of India cited the statement as saying.
5. The Northern Railways has used a new colour scheme on ICF (Integral Coach Factory) design sleeper coaches on the directions of the Railway Board, the agency said citing a ministry statement.
The coaches with the new colour scheme were inspected by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani and other senior officials at the New Delhi Railway Station on Wednesday.
7. ICF or Integral Coach Factory, Chennai has produced more than 54,131 coaches since its inception in approximately 500 different designs, according to its website.
8. In another development, production of a high-speed engine-less train, called Train-18, is underway and its rollout is expected soon, Press Trust of India said on Wednesday citing an Integral Coach Factory official.
9. Train-18 is embellished with a host of amenities for passengers and is capable of running at a speed of 160 kmph.
10. Driven by a self-propulsion module sans a separate locomotive, the train comes with technical features for enhanced quick acceleration. With its swanky interiors and exteriors, fibre glass reinforced plastic nose cone, the train resembles European semi-high speed trains, according to Press Trust of India.