GUWAHATI: The NF Railway has converted five passenger carrying trains into Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) type coaches instead of integral coach factory (ICF)-made coaches this year, thereby improving safety and comfort of these trains. A road-map for further conversion of other passenger-carrying trains into LHB-coach trains has also been prepared. Notably, till date, LHB type coaches were used in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and other premium trains only.
LHB coaches are the passenger coaches of Indian railways that have been developed by Linke-Hofmann-Bosch of Germany and mostly produced by Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala in Punjab. The five trains that have been converted into LHB type are Kamakhya-Lokmanya Tilak Express, Kamakhya-Gandhidham Express, Bangalore-New Tinsukia Express, Kamakhya-Anand Vihar Express and Kamakhya-Gaya Express.
Further, two more trains – New Jalpaiguri-New Delhi Express and Guwahati-Anand Vihar Northeast Express will also be converted to LHB type this year. Six more trains will be converted into LHB type in 2019-20 while four more will be converted into LHB type in 2020-21.
The LHB coaches have enhanced safety features, greater passenger comfort and better riding qualities. They can accommodate more passengers compared to ICF-made coaches and introduction of these coaches will increase overall carrying capacity of trains, a release said.
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