All long-distance trains to be replaced with modern LHB coaches

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Date of Post: 05 Jan, 2019

The government will replace conventional coaches with modern LHB design coaches in all long-distance trains, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. The government will implement “whatever announcements have been made with regard to introduction of more trains,” Goyal also assured the House.

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  • Replying to a supplementary query during the Question Hour, he said,“A week ago, a review meeting was held in Guwahati, where it was decided that all long-distance trains shall be replaced with LHB modern coaches.”
  • Replacement of trains operating with conventional coaches into LHB coaches was being done in a phased manner.
  • Currently, 18 pairs of trains, owned by the Northeast Frontier Railway, are being operated with modern LHB coaches, he said separately in a written reply to the Upper House.
  • Goyal also mentioned that LHB coaches, which have higher carrying capacity, speed and increased codal life, are being manufactured by the Indian Railways from the year 2018-19 onwards.
  • On unmanned railway crossings, he said the government had almost eliminated all such crossings.
  • As a result, the number of accidents had come down to 3 in the last 9 months from 52 in 2014-15.
  • The government had eliminated 3,451 unmanned railway level crossings (UMLCs) up to December 2018.
  • He said, in the next few weeks, railways will be free from UMLCs on broad gauge track.

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