21 Nov, 2016
Having a cozy room, a fancy bar or a rich library in a railway coach is a fascinating prospect. If owning such a coach has ever been your dream, this could be your chance.
At least six metre-gauge trains have been pulled out of operations by the Lucknow division of the North Eastern Railway (NER) due to gauge conversion of the Aishbagh-Mailani section.
These rakes (trains) would be auctioned by railways as soon as a committee declares them 'condemned'
People can participate in the auction and bid for what would then only be 'scrap' for the railways.
NER chief public relations officer Sanjay Yadav said the auction would be open for everybody . The auction is expected to be advertised sometime next month.
The railways inspects all coaches periodically . Coaches that are more than 25 years old are abandoned.
Those in need of over hauling are sent to the workshop.The useful parts of a coach are removed and the waste is auctioned.
Scrap dealers who buy a coach cut it into pieces to make it easy to transport. A person can also buy a shell from a dealer. The cost of a shell would depend on the tonnes of iron in it.
Most trains are now on broad gauge. For other coaches, only the shell is auctioned. The bogey (wheels on which the shell is placed) is not auctioned.
Considering that it's tonnes of iron, buying a shell or coach is not easy. The weight of a passenger coach is 7 tonnes.