Railways will replace couplers of nearly 3,500 coaches of Rajdhani Express to make the train ride jerk-free and improve safety.
It would cost Rs.5 lakh per coach to replace the existing centre buffer coupler (CBC). After Rajdhani trains, coaches of Shatabdi, Duronto and other mail/express trains will also be fitted with the new CBC, said a senior railway ministry official.
The existing CBC is to be replaced with the new one which has powerful shock absorbers. “The existing CBC has weak shock absorbers so passengers sometimes feel jerks,” said the official.
A coupler is a device for connecting coaches with each other. The equipment that connects the couplings to the rolling stock is known as the draft gear.
The new design CBC is equipped with balanced draft gear that has high capacity shock absorbers, said the official.
Besides, the new CBC would act as a safety measure. “It is also equipped with anti-climbing mechanism to prevent coaches from toppling and climbing on each other at the time of derailments,” he said.
Toppling of coaches causes maximum casualties during accidents.
“New CBC has already been fitted in a few Rajdhani coaches and the results are excellent,” the official added.
Railways has also decided to add two more coaches to all Rajdhani trains to accommodate more passengers.
This will augment the capacity in Rajdhani trains by 144 berths to begin with. Currently, Rajdhani trains have 22 coaches.
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