Indian Railway has introduced newly upgraded Tejas sleeper coach rakes to usher in a new era of train travel experience with enhanced comfort. These bright golden-hued coaches, with enhanced smart features, are being introduced to run Western Railway’s prestigious Mumbai Rajdhani Express train and will offer the best in the class travel experience. This new rake began its maiden run on 19th July 2021.
Sumit Thakur, Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, stated that the introduction of this modern Tejas Sleeper type train for a long-distance journey is another paradigm shift by Indian Railways as it enhances the travel experience of the passengers. He also mentioned that Tejas type Sleeper coaches are manufactured at Modern Coach Factory (MCF) which will gradually replace the premium long-distance trains over the Indian Railways network.
The existing rakes of the train 02951 Mumbai Central New Delhi Tejas Rajdhani Special, one of the most prestigious and premium trains of Western Railway, are being replaced with brand new Tejas type sleeper coaches. Two such Tejas-type sleeper coach rakes have been made ready to run as Rajdhani Express. Out of these two rakes, one rake comprises exclusive Tejas Smart sleeper coaches, which is the first of its kind in Indian Railways.
The new train will have special smart features for enhanced passenger safety and comfort. The smart coach aims to provide world-class facilities to passengers with the help of intelligent sensor-based systems. It is equipped with the Passenger Information and Coach Computing Unit (PICCU) provided with GSM network connectivity, which reports to the remote server. PICCU will record the data of WSP, CCTV recording, Toilet odor sensors, panic switch and other items integrated with fire detection and alarm system, air quality and choke filter sensor & energy meter.
Additional Smart Features
PA/PIS (Passenger Announcement/Passenger Information System): 2 LCDs inside each coach display vital journey related information to the passengers such as the next station, distance remaining, expected time of arrival, delay, and safety-related messages
Security & Surveillance monitoring: 6 cameras are fitted in each coach which gives live recording. CCTV cameras with day-night vision capability, Facial recognition even in low light conditions, Network Video Recorder are provided
Fire Alarm, Detection, and Suppression system: All coaches are provided with an Automatic Fire Alarm and Detection System. The Pantry and Power Cars have automatic fire suppression system in case detected
Indian Railway is restoring its passenger train services to almost pre-pandemic levels, provided the pandemic gets under control with the number of cases coming down and all the necessary approvals are given by the concerned state governments along with the nod of the Railway Ministry.
These trains are also likely to be special trains only and not regular passenger services. All regular passenger train services of Indian Railways were suspended when a nationwide lockdown was declared last year in March but since May 2020 special train services were started by the national transporter in a phased manner.
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