THE INDIAN RAILWAYS new AC-III tier compartment will be rolled out middle of November with many changes, including Coffee and Tea Machines, CCTV and GPS in each coach, and a signature color scheme.
The new features included in these coaches include:
- A GPS-based passenger information system above each door, a fire-and-smoke detector, and automatic room-freshener dispensers.
- An airline-like light bar with numbers indicating upper, lower and middle berth.
- Gel coating on toilet walls to make them “graffiti proof”.
- Curtains for side berths as well as in the aisles, which are currently available in higher classes only.
The new coaches which have been developed in the Rail Coach Factory in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh has designed the service’s new coaches to be a part of four trains now – a set of coaches for a fifth train is in production and will be rolled out later.
In the fifth train, the small gap in the middle of the side lower berth -between the two lowered backrests – has been removed, which had challenged coach designers for decades.
A solution has been found by tucking a separate thin berth sideways between the wall and the side-lower seats. Its edge works as a handrest until the passenger pulls it up and lays it over the two seats to become a separate ‘gapless’ berth.