LHB coaches Current Affairs - 2020

Indian Railways: First Banana Container Train to boost exports; First High Capacity Parcel Van

With its firsts increasing, Indian Railways has recently launched a high capacity parcel van at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station.

Also, the Indian Railways has launched an exclusive Banana Container train to boost the exports of the fruit.

Highlights: Parcel Van

The new parcel van was designed and manufactured in Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory. It is the first of its kind in Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches. The LHB coaches are the coaches of the Indian Railways that have been developed by the LHB company of Germany. They are mostly produced in Kapurthala Coach Factory.

The parcel van is to run at high speed of 130 km per hour. The train includes collapsible partitions and sliding doors. Also, it is Head On Generation compliant.

Highlights: Fruit Train

On January 30, 2020, Indian Railways launched the first “Fruit Train”. The train will transit from Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh to Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port. The train dispatched the first shipment of 890 tonnes of banana in 43 refrigerated containers.

The APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) along with export firms trained 500 farmers to cultivate bananas in more than 1800 hectares of land.

Indian Railways to replace the conventional coaches with modern LHB coaches

The Indian Railways has decided to replace conventional coaches with modern LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) design coaches in all long distance trains.

Indian Railways is undertaking a massive retrofitting exercise to convert existing conventional coaches into LHB ones by providing crashworthiness features in these coaches. Safety parameters like strong couplers and anti-climbing features are being provided during the retrofit exercise.

The Railways has decided to stop manufacturing of ICF conventional coaches from 2018-19 and production of LHB coaches will be expedited from 2017-18 in a big way to provide a safer and comfortable ride for passengers.

Why the replacement is being undertaken?

The Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches are equipped with modern technology to prevent capsizing of coaches during derailments. The ICF coaches were getting overturned and capsized during the derailments. As a result, there was more damage to life and property. Hence the Ministry of Railways has decided to replace conventional coaches with modern LHB coaches.

The LHB coaches provide advantages like anti-telescopic feature which do not penetrate into the adjacent coaches in case of accidents. Further, the LHB coaches do not climb on the adjacent coaches, due to the use of Center Buffer Coupling (CBC).