Mumbai : The Central Railways has converted at least 400 coaches of long distance trains into Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches which would be of stainless steel. The conventional coaches are being converted into LHB coaches in order to provide safety to passengers during a railway accident.
There are a total number of at least 4,200 coaches on the Central Railways. The coaches of several long-distance trains have been converted into LHB coaches. “Work is in progress of converting the remaining 3,800 coaches into LHB coaches. These are equipped with modern technology which prevents capsizing of the coaches during derailment,” said a senior central railway official.
The production of the old coaches at Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Chennai has been stopped from April this year. The old coaches are heavier than steel. The life span of the conventional coach is at least 25 years. “We cannot stop running the trains which are using conventional coaches. The new trains which would start operating in next few months will be fitted with LHB coaches,” added the official.