Saturday, March 2, 2013

Train test shows potential problems

02nd March 2013 09:36 AM
The Bangalore-Chennai Linke Holfmann Busch (LHB) coach double-decker train was on display for the second time this week at the city railway station on Friday was already sporting a few broken windows.
Railway officials present stated that this was due to stones which were pelted at the train during its journey. With the lower level of seating that the double-decker coach will entail, this can prove to be a harrowing experience for people seated at the lower level.

Anil Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, SWR said that the window panes were strong enough to withstand stones and would not shatter since they were double layered. “Even if a stone hits the window, it will not fall on the passenger, the stone will only damage the outer window,” he said.
Another concern which has been raised with this train is how close the coach body comes to the platform. Currently, the Railways has installed three thermocol strips on each coach in order to judge the distance.
“We have put them in place in order to avoid damage to the body and also to judge where these coaches are touching the platform. If needed, platform width can be reduced by an inch or so,” Agarwal said.
Stating that stone pelting was an old headache of the Railways, Agarwal said that numerous drives by officials to create an awareness amongst people had failed.
“Usually stones are pelted by children who play in suburban areas, we have tried everything but still this is going on,” he said.
The train, which will begin operations before March 31, can transport 1,320 people between the two cities within four hours with a maximum of 120 people per coach. “All clearances have been received, only the launch date has to be fixed,”  Agarwal said.

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