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First full-size model of sleeper of Vande Bharat to released mid-Oct, ET Infra


CHENNAI: A mock-up model of sleeper version of Vande Bharat train, prepared based on the concept presented by Integral Coach Factory (ICF) will be ready at BEML factory in Bengaluru by mid-October. Manufacture of prototype will start soon after the design is approved after evaluating the real-size coach.

BEML has got a tender to supply 10 Vande Bharat sleeper trains for 675 crore. The life-size model of the sleeper coach is likely to be ready by October 20.

An ICF official said that the mock-up is being attempted before starting manufacture of prototype, which will have 11 AC III tier coaches and four AC II tier coaches. The prototype of the train will be rolled out this financial year.

The AC II tier coaches will have superior aesthetics, smooth panels, roof embedded lights, better six-step ladder to climb to upper berths, and wide windows. The design, which appears world class, also avoids sharp edges.

The interior of the existing coach has to be changed to prepare the design for the sleeper. This can be done quickly because the rest of the design of the shell and other components will remain the same. BEML has engaged a company and has prepared the interior design for sleeper coaches based on the inputs from ICF. This is used to make the real-life model.

Railways is planning to step up manufacture soon after the prototype is approved as the ministry wants to introduce Vande Bharat trains on long distance routes too. Railways has given contract to two companies BEML and BHEL-Titagarh Wagons JV to manufacture sleeper versions of Vande Bharat. BEML, which has experience in manufacturing railway coaches and metro rail rakes, will make Vande Bharat rakes in its factory in Bengaluru.

However, BHEL-Titagarh will manufacture the initial few rakes in their factory in West Bengal before switching the work to ICF in Chennai. The joint venture will make 80 rakes. After approvals, production will begin in ICF. The factory has begun allocating space and machinery for the companies to start work on the coaches in Chennai. “ICF will give a shed, some manpower and a few other facilities. It will also install an automatic wheel line machine, paint booth, cranes, shed to commission the rakes. This will be used by contractors to assemble and test the coaches,” said an official.

  • Published On Oct 3, 2023 at 07:59 AM IST

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