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Soon, train commuters will be able to quench their ‘Need for Speed’

PW Bureau 

If the target set by Railways for its factories is met, then about 15,000 coaches of different kinds would be manufactured by them in 2019-2021   New Delhi: Before long, commuters will travel on faster, state-of-the-art coaches on trains, with Finance Minister Piyush Goyal increasing the allocation for the Railways’ rolling stock by 64 percent in the Railway Budget for the year 2018-19. The rolling stock in the Railways comprises coaches, wagons and train sets.

Plan to export Train 18 sets get big boost

By allocating Rs 6,114.82 crore in the Railway Budget 2019, the national transporter’s plan of exporting Train 18-like train sets to countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South America, North America and Europe in the US$200 billion rolling stock worldwide market, will get a massive boost. The budgetary allocation in this regard was Rs 3,724.93 crore last year. Train 18, recently named Vande Bharat Express, hit a maximum speed of 180 kmph during its trials, the new AC rakes, metro rakes and other such coaches and train sets, the Railways has already made plans till 2021 to increase production in its factories. If the target set by Railways for its factories, including the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, the factories in Kapurthala and Haldia and the Modern Coach Factory in Rai Bareli, is met, then about 15,000 coaches of different kinds would be manufactured by them in 2019-2021, officials said. The coaches will comprise around 290 Deen Dayal coaches, 200 Humsafar coaches, 40 Antyodaya coaches and various other coaches for mainline electric multiple units (MEMUs), electric multiple unit (EMUs) and metros. The Railway Ministry is also targeting the manufacture of six more Train 18 sets at a cost of Rs 97 crore each.