Luxury on wheels: After Tejas Express, Railways to launch hi-tech smart coach
Mumbai city news: The car called Smart Coach is being assembled at Rail Coach Factory (RCF) in Kapurthalamumbai Updated: Jul 01, 2017 18:16 IST
Buoyed by the overwhelming response from passengers over the high-speed Tejas Express, the ministry of railways will soon launch a prototype coach equipped with the latest technologies and gadgets.
The car called Smart Coach is being assembled at Rail Coach Factory (RCF) in Kapurthala.
The Railway Board will review the prototype in December, said an official.
Once approved by the board, RCF will manufacture coaches in full swing, the officials said.
A few key features in the smart coach include automatic doors and smart venetian blinds. Advance entertainment facilities will also be introduced in the smart coach. Railway authorities may also install tablets.
More than 700 people are working at RCF to make the coach ultra-luxurious.
An official from RCF said, “The production is at the initial stage. The car will be at par with an executive coach. Once the work is done, we will show the coach to the railways.”
The facilities in the Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express — ranging from infontainment screens, automatic doors, bio- vacuum toilets, tea and coffee vending machines and limited WiFi access — are considered compared with that of an aircraft.
Some of the facilities in the smart coach
Tablets and advanced entertainment devices.
Automatic venetian blinds windows whose control will be available with the passenger
During an emergency, passengers can directly contact the guard by pressing a button