The railways is planning a standardisation of trains in terms of number of coaches so that all trains can run on all routes, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said.
The number of coaches recongnised is 22 i.e. all the trains would have 22 coaches.Standardisation on the number of coaches would be done in phases. In the first phase 300 trains and their routes are been marked and they are ready for standardisation.The changes in the number of trains operating on a route and their timings will reflect in the new time-table, to be published in July.
“All trains will have 22 coaches, the length of the platforms will be increased and other related changes will be carried out. The engineering department is looking into it,” Mr Goyal told reporters.
Currently, coaches are of two kinds – ICF and LHB – and the number of coaches in a train could be 12, 16, 18, 22 or 26, depending on its demand, making it difficult for the railways to substitute one with the other, particularly in case of a delay.
“If the number of coaches is the same in every train, we can press any train – which is ready, has arrived at the station and undergone maintenance – into operation, instead of waiting for the same train to get ready,” a senior railway official explained.
- If all the trains have 22 coaches having same coach composition then in time of an emergency a different rake of a different train could replace the other train and this would reduce any futher delay.
- Some of the trains in India does not have a dedicated rake for both Up and Down trains and the same rake is been alloted for both purposes. If the Up train is delayed this may Delay the down train. With standardisation this problem can also be resolved. Which ever rake is ready by that time could be given the charge which would help preventing the delay transfer to the down train.