Railways rolls out AC 3-tier economy class coach

PTI New Delhi | Updated on February 11, 2021

Touted as being ‘synonymous with the cheapest and best AC travel in the world’; number of berths increased from 72 to 83


Railways on Wednesday rolled out its first air conditioned three-tier economy class coach which is being touted by the ministry to be “synonymous with the cheapest and best AC travel in the world”.

These coaches, officials said, will be “economical” and in between the current AC three-tier and non-AC sleeper class.

This LHB coach was rolled out of the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala to the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) Lucknow for trials.

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It was conceived by RCF, and work on its design started on a war footing in October 2020. The new coach can carry more passengers as the berths have been increased from 72 to 83.

“Many innovations have been incorporated in the design of the coach. The high voltage electric switchgear presently installed on board has been shifted below the under-frame, thereby increasing the passenger capacity by introducing 11 additional berths,”a statement from the ministry said.


Each coach is provided with a wider toilet and one disabled-friendly toilet entry door, which is a new initiative, it said.

Several design improvements have also been made for better passenger comfort, such as a revamped AC ducting to provide individual vents for each berth, it said.

The coach also has improved and modular design of seats and berths, foldable snack tables in both longitudinal and transverse bays, and holders for water bottles, mobile phone and magazines, it said.

Individual reading lights and mobile charging points are provided for each berth in addition to the standard socket.

A new ergonomically improved design of ladder for accessing the middle and upper berths is also a new feature. There is increased headroom in the middle and upper berths as well.

The design has been improved for both Indian and the Western style lavatories while public address and passenger information systems have been installed as part of passenger facilities, it said.

“Ambience and ease of access into coach have been improved by aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic entrance. The interior of the coach has luminescent aisle markers, illuminated berth indicators integral with night lights with luminescent berth numbers," the statement said.

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“There is also improved fire safety by ensuring compliance to the world benchmark of EN45545-2 HL3 for materials, thus meeting the high requirements of the new fire protection standard,” it said.

The RCF has production plan of 248 such coaches during the current and next fiscal.

Production of these coaches will start this month,

“This new 3-tier air conditioned economy class coach is a symbol of aspirational India bringing AC travel to larger number of people and enhancing the capacity of our express trains. Undoubtedly, now every rail journey will become a journey of pleasant memories,” the statement said.

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Published on February 11, 2021
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