The model of the Indian Railways AC 3-tier economy class was finalized for trials at the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) in Lucknow. The AC 3-tier economy class coach is supposed to be an air-conditioned and affordable version of the non-AC Sleeper class. Below are some key features of the AC 3-tier economy class:
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1. The task of developing this coach was given to Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala, which is the maker of the LHB coaches in India. Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches are the passenger coaches of Indian Railways that have been developed by Linke-Hofmann-Busch of Germany and mostly produced by Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, India.
2. AC 3-tier is the only travel class that makes a clear profit for Indian Railways. AC 3-tier economy class is predicted to supply AC visits to the masses while keeping it affordable.
3. According to officials, the entire coach has been re-imagined from scratch.
4. RCF, Kapurthala plans to produce as many as 248 coaches. At present, the worth is estimated at between Rs 2.8 to three crore per coach, which is around 10 percent more than the existing AC 3-tier coach.
5. The next aim of the Indian Railway is to redesign Indian Railways’ general unreserved compartment and turn that, too, into an air-conditioned class.
6. The new coach, instead of 72 passengers, has a seating capacity of 83 passengers. A first, the extra seating space was achieved by shifting the high-voltage electric switchgear, now installed onboard all coaches, to the underframe.
7. In this coach, every berth has its own, individual AC vents. For this, the entire AC duct system in the coach was redesigned.
8. In a new initiative, each coach has been provided with a wider, and one disabled-friendly, toilet entry door.
9. The berths boast a new, modular design. The newly designed ladder has been developed which will be used by passengers for climbing to upper berths.
10. The new coach has foldable snack tables in both longitudinal and transverse bays, also as holders for phones, water bottles, etc.
11. The interior of the coach has aircraft-like luminescent aisle markers, as well as illuminated berth indicators, luminescent berth numbers integrated with night lights.
12. The western-style toilets boast a new design.
13. Individual reading lights and mobile charging points are provided for every berth additionally to the quality socket.
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