- The year 2023 has been another year full of achievements for Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala. This year, the Rail Coach Factory achieved two more milestones in the production of rail coaches. While RCF recorded the cumulative coach production in the year 2023, the total manufacturing of LHB coaches in the year so far also touched 11000.
- To share these achievements with the employees, sweets were distributed in the Rail Coach Factory by Shri S. Srinivas, General Manager in the presence of department head officers at the workplaces of the employees.
- All the employees resonated with joy as they celebrated both production milestones and the New Year creating a festive atmosphere in all the workplaces. On this occasion, Shri S. Srinivas, congratulated the employees for these achievements and the New Year, and asked them to work even harder to achieve the coach production target set for the financial year.
The foundation stone of Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala was laid on 17.08.1985. The objective of this project was to enhance the production capacity of passenger coaches for the ever increasing demand of Indian Railways (IR).
RCF started manufacturing ICF design coaches made of corten steel, however after transfer of technology from Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) of Germany in 1998, it started manufacturing modern stainless steel coaches having speed potential up to 160 kmph.
These are extensively being used in premium trains like, Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express etc. India’s first TEJAS train was rolled out from RCF on 18.05.2017 and was pressed into service on 22.05.2017 on Mumbai-Karmali ( Goa) route.
RCF is the only Production Unit of IR to roll out all five types of New Genre coaches viz. Tejas Humsafar, Uday Antyodaya and Deendayalu on 30.01.2020, RCF introduced High Capacity Parcel Van to carry high volumetric load at high speed.
Later in the year, a prototype of Double Decker of 160 kmph speed potential was rolled out on 18.11.2020. On 11.02.2021, RCF had another jewel in its crown, when it rolled out Indian Railways’ first Air Conditioned Economy Class coach with enhanced speed and berth capacity.
Later in the same year, the first rake of MEMU coaches with 3 Phase Electrics were rolled out on 27.11.2021. Four Narrow Gauge prototype coaches for Kalka Shimla Railway were unveiled on 29.05.2023 for oscillation trials on KSR section.
Besides, RCF has also produced Meter Gauge (MG) coaches, which have been exported to African and South East Asian countries, besides manufacturing LHB Coaches for Bangladesh.
As a testament to its versatility, RCF continues to contribute significantly to the development of railway infrastructure, both nationally and internationally.
Source: RCF- Press Release | Images Credit (representational): RCF Kapurthala