Indian Railways rolls out 50,000th coach
New Delhi, July 7, 2015: Railways today rolled out its 50,000th coach marking a significant
juncture in the public carrier's history, with Minister Suresh Prabhu saying we have to "think differently" for the 100,000th coach.
Launching the coach, manufactured at the Integrated Coach Factory (ICF)
at Chennai, through video conferencing from here, Prabhu said it is totally different from the first coach rolled out from the factory over 60 years ago.
Prabhu also stressed on the public carrier's plans to build a full train
on solar power. "We have plans to manufacture a full train to be run on solar power from this facility."
A non-AC coach of Rewari-Sitapur passenger train is currently being lit
by solar panels installed on its roof as part of Railways' plan to harness the green source of energy. The Minister also announced Rs 5
lakh reward for ICF staff for attaining the milestone of rolling out 50,000th coach.
A premier industry, ICF was set up in 1955. Since then the factory has
been manufacturing conventional coaches aproximately 1,500 a year, catering to the ever-increasing demand for coaches for new trains.
ICF manufactures various types of AC and non-AC coaches including EMUs and DEMU ,
Metro coaches for Kolkata Metro. ICF will also manufacture LHB coaches, till now made at Rail Coach factory at Rae Bareli and Kapurthala. Source: PTI
Indian Railways trials solar-powered trains
New Delhi, June 7, 2015: Indian Railways is soon going to materialise its ambitious plan of
harnessing solar energy to run trains. The prototype of the solar power-enabled coach is undergoing trials, and
soon the entire train will be fitted with solar panels, officials said.
They said that while solar power will significantly bring down diesel consumption, it will also prove to be cost-effective. At present, nearly
17 units of electricity are being generated from the solar power enabled coach. Clean and cheap: Solar power will significantly bring down diesel consumption, and will also be cost-effective.
“As the pilot project, one non-AC coach has been fitted with solar panels on the rooftop. The trial has been successful so far with the
coach generating nearly 17 units of electricity every day. Depending on its success, decision will be taken to convert the entire train into a
solar power-enabled one,” said Divisional Railway Manager, Arun Arora. Officials said that by harnessing solar power, the railways will be able to save Rs 1.24 lakh per coach year.
“Solar energy will be used to meet the electricity needs in moving trains, and reduce diesel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions,” Arora said.
According to studies, a train using solar power can reduce diesel consumption by up to 90,000 litres per year and also bring down the carbon dioxide emission by over 200 tonnes.