Jamshedpur, Jan 20: In an attempt to ensure safe, secured and comfortable journey for passengers, South Eastern Railway has decided to convert the rakes of several trains to German design sophisticated and modern LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) rakes replacing the conventional ones.
According to a list issued by Garden Reach, the SER headquarters the 12857/12858 Howrah-Digha- Tamralipta Express will run with LHB rake with effect from January 25.
The 18627/18628 Howrah-Ranchi- Express will run with LHB rake with effect from January 24.
The 12827/12828 Howrah-Purulia Express too will run with LHB rake with effect from January 24.
The 22892/22891 Howrah-Ranchi-Howrah Intercity Express will run with LHB rake from January 26 while the 22839/22840 Rourkela-Bhubaneswar Intercity Express will run with LHB rake from January 25.
The 18183/18184 Tatanagar-Danapur-Express will run with LHB rake from January 25.
The state-of-the-art German-designed LHB coaches, currently in use in several high-profile trains such as Rajdhani , Duronto and superfast trains.
Made of stainless steel on the outside and aluminium on the inside, the LHB coaches are lighter than conventional ones and each one has an advanced braking system for increased safety at higher speed.
The new coaches are “anti-telescopic”, which means that they do not flip even if the train derails or has a collision.
The new coaches have an improved suspension system that will ensure more riding comfort. The air-conditioning is of higher capacity and is controlled by a microprocessor for optimum temperature control in both summer and winter.
There will be no changes in the fare structure once the new rake is introduced, said a railway official.