Indian Railways is the first to develop prototypes of a passenger car for loading automobiles with improved functions
For the first time on the Indian rail network, the Central Railway Zone has developed a prototype touring coach with side entry and other improved features for loading cars. Last year, Central Railways, in coordination with the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) and automobile manufacturers, developed the High Speed Automobile Carrier (NMGH) from approved and unused passenger coaches with a potential speed of 110 km / h and a higher payload of 12 tons With various improved features such as wider opening, natural light tube, strong floor with checker plate, lane markings and retroreflective tape for guidance, improved fall plate arrangement for smooth entry and improved end door design with cylinder lock for easy locking.
According to Central Railways, the Parel workshop, together with the RDSO in Lucknow, based on the interaction with the two-wheeler industry as well as the feedback from the business development units, developed a new design automobile transporter with side entry (NMGHS) with a higher payload capacity of 18T compared to 12T capacity the earlier version of NMGH. The higher payload of 18T with side entry makes the coach universally applicable for a wide variety of cars and also for parcel transport. This prototype of the coach is being developed by Parel Workshop in collaboration with RDSO, Lucknow, in a record time of 30 days.
Anil Kumar Lahoti, GM, Central Railway inspected the prototype of the tour bus at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai. According to GM, NMGHS coaches with side entry and higher payloads can prove to be game changers in the safe and fast transport of a wide variety of automobiles and in parcel traffic. In recent years, a quantum leap has been observed in Central Railways car traffic, he said. Up to 118 rakes were loaded in the 2019-20 financial year, which increased to 278 in the 2020-21 financial year. In the period from April to October 200 car rakes were loaded in the Central Railway Zone, 133 percent more than in the same period of the previous year (86 rakes).