Indian Railways to get first aluminium coaches by early 2022; why it's significant



Indian Railways is likely to get its first batch of aluminium bodied coaches by February 2022. In a technological shift for railways, the Modern Coach Factory (MCF) in Raebareli is looking to manufacture aluminium coaches. The first set of 3 coaches for Kolkata Metro are expected to be ready by early next year, a railway offi al told TOI. Eventually, Indian Railways hopes to get aluminium coaches for Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express style premium trains.


MCF has signed a Rs 128 crore contract with South Korean firm Dawonsys for this ambitious project. The execution of the project has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic hitting both India and South Korea. The design for the metro coaches will likely be finalised by the end of this month. "The South Korean firm will share the designs and once MCF approves they will be made in South Korea and brought in India in knocked down condition," the railway offi al told TOI.


"To begin with they (Dawonsys) will manufacture these coaches in South Korea and slowly the transfer of technology will take place to MCF," the offi al added. The three standard gauge metro coaches will include two driver motor cars and one trailer coach with a speed pential of 100 kmph.


The contract also has provision for manufacturing 8 broad gauge locomotive-hauled coaches. These include; three AC-3 tier Sleeper coaches, two AC-2 tier sleepers, one AC-1 sleeper, one AC hot buffet car and one AC DSLR with Driver/Guard cabin. These Rajdhani style sleeper coaches will have speed pential of 160 kmph. Of these 8 coaches, 4 will come fully assembled and the rest will be received in knocked-down condition and assembled here. The South Korean firm's staff will provide hands-on training to MCF offi als as part of the deal.




Good progress. Faster lighter and efficient. Towards green future !




good initiative by Modi Govt.



justgokul Bhanu

so good to see our railways progressing..they hav taken huge steps since 2014..




my India is progressing,..,



Brahma Warrior

Side ne : I cant stand Mta Begum Banerjee's Tantrums


Biil Brace

yes Psycho CM will find fault with aluminium coaches !



Hridoy Baruah

Railways must have researched on making Aluminium coaches and studied all pros and corns in comparision to steel coaches.



Subhash Bose

Good initiative by Indian Railways, this is the begng of the new change towards speed, modernisation & comfort. In future T.O.T will give scope of employment also.



Bhimarao Addanki

We are proud of imported war planes, aluminium railway coaches, bullet trains, initially, expecting to improve upon the bought out technology, to become world leading manufacturers

by 2050. Afterall, buying is cher than inventing (or we cannot invent?)



Sharad Pandey

We were proud of Russian steel plants, British cars ,other Industrial plants from 1947



Kohler Sudesh

This step taken are in the direction. How ever why do we need to to go for Korean technology when we have the aluminium metro bogies available. We need to reverse engineer to design and make it rified and self propelled. We have the highest reserves of baute and use them to our advantage.



Amit Ray

You have to buy first, gain experience and then only you can go for manufacturing.



Laxmi Pandit

What about general coaches? Commoners cannot afford AC coaches. At the most they can go for sleeper coaches.



Dr. Carmo Costa-Viegas

I always thought we were the coach building experts. Why expensive collaboration , and not 'made in India' completely ?


Amit Ray

Takes time



Subhomoy Chakraborty

Aluminum is extremely low strength. Any accident and it will kill all inside the train.


Amit Ray

All planes are made of aluminum alloys, don't put your foot in your mouth.


Savio Lobo

They will put 6 airbags for all the passengers like cars making it compulsory just like BS 6 Norms than we can have a safe ride!



Amit Ray

Do you think Boeing makes aeroplanes of steel or Iron. Aeroplanes are made of aluminum alloys and they are extremely strong. Ignorance is not a bliss nowadays.



Anil-The Invincible

How about safety?


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