On Friday, the first set of Tejas coaches, which was manufactured by ICF (Integral Coach Factory) of the Indian Railways will be flagged off in Chennai.
The ‘swanky coaches” will be inaugurated by senior Railways Officials at the Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory Furnishing Division.
The manufacturing responsibility of 23 new coaches for the Tejas Express was offered to Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory by Northern Railways Board. Out of the 23 new coaches, 18 coaches are air-conditioned chair cars and two are air-conditioned executive chair cars and remaining three are power cars.
The interior of the Tejas Express is designed similar to the Shatabdi coaches, with the same seating capacity of 78 passengers in each of normal AC chair cars (3+2 seating in a row arrangement) and 56 passengers in the executive class AC chair cars (2+2 seating in a row).
Unlike the earlier Tejas coaches, where seats were designed largely to accommodate the audio-visual display, the new coaches are designed with normal sized seats with audio-visual display options. It is fitted well behind every seat, without affecting the aesthetics of the interiors.
Other than this, the new Tejas coaches have fiber-reinforced plastic interior panels, smart window paired with motor-operated Venetian blinds, ergonomic seats, onboard infotainment with audio, Live TV, video as well as GPS based passenger information system.
Recently, the ICF had conducted the trail-run successfully of the 16-bogie metro-like train, called Train 18. The seats of the train were manufactured by ICF within a time of 18 months.