Smart move, Indian Railways! In a bid to draw power from overhead lines for electrical appliances in Linke Hoffman Busche (LHB) coaches, the Southern Railway zone of the national transporter has implemented a technology.
ccording to officials quoted in a TOI report, the move incorporated in as many as 23 rakes, has resulted in savings of nearly Rs 1 crore per month on fuel alone. The LHB coaches, which are now being introduced by Indian Railways across its network, are safer than the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) designed coaches due to various features.
Compared to ICF designed coaches, LHB coaches are lighter and are useful for semi-high speed trains. However, LHB coaches, unlike ICF coaches, do not have an alternator which generates electricity in order to power the electrical appliances as the train moves.
According to officials quoted in the report, there are one or two power cars at the end of every train in every LHB rake where the electricity meant for coaches is produced in a diesel generator, known as End on Generation (EOG).Read More