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Indian Railways bets on new Economy AC 3-tier train coach with aircraft-style luxury; check features




Luxury train travel with economy fares to be launched soon. Personalised AC vents and reading lights, USB charging points for every berth and more. These features in a new Economy AC coach by Indian Railways. A prototype Economy AC 3-tier coach with aircraft-style comforts rolled out by the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala. Similarly the Economy AC coach consists of 83 berths – 11 more than the conventional AC-3 tier coach which has 72 berths. Therefore space for more coaches made by moving the main electrical control below the train.

The new AC coach, likely to replace Sleeper coaches in Mail/Express trains, more comfortable than the AC 3-tier coach.

The top 10 salient features of the new Economy AC coach are:
83 berths as against 72 in AC-3 tier
Personalised AC vents for every berth
Personalised reading lights for every berth
Fire-proof berths with enhanced comfort
Disabled-friendly entry/exit and one divyang-friendly toilet per coach
Modified ladders for climbing middle and upper berths
Personalised socket for charging mobiles and USB points
Snack table with side berth as well
Illuminated seat numbers
160 kmph speed potential keeping in mind future needs
Economy AC coach with new vents
Personalised AC vent for every berth

The fares for the Economy AC coaches expected to be higher than sleeper class but lower than AC-3 tier tariff. Therefore according to the National Rail Plan, data analysed from 2010-11 to 2017-18 for all passenger categories of Indian Railways shows that railway passengers have grown at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 2% per annum.

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