Double-deck coaches may be modified for Prabhu’s Uday trains

Double-deck coaches may be modified for Prabhu’s Uday trains

There is a major change in plans for Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s UDAY brand of trains the overnight air-conditioned double-decker trains that ply between major cities. Instead of building a new rake, the Railways now plans to modify existing double-decker coaches to make them suitable for overnight journeys. Speaking to DNA, the railway ministry’s chief spokesperson Anil Saxena confirmed the development. “The Uday trains are currently being modified to add new features. The first rake is expected by July 2017,” said Saxena.

A senior Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala (RCF) official told DNA that there is no plan to make manufacture an Uday train for the current financial year ending March 31. He, however, refused to comment on whether the modifications to the air-conditioned, double-decker coaches would reduce its capacity. The existing AC double-decker coaches can accommodate 120 passengers.

A section of railway officials were always apprehensive about Prabhu’s Uday plan. Their main contention was that the three routes announced for the overnight Uday trains — between Bandra and Jamnagar, Read More…


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