A new era of best train travel experience with better comfort has been ushered in by Western Railway with the introduction of newly upgraded Tejas Sleeper Coach Rake. Bright Gold colored coaches with upgraded smart features have been introduced to run the prestigious Mumbai Rajdhani Express train of Western Railway, which will provide an immersive travel experience. This new attractive rake was made operational for the first time on Monday, 19th July, 2021.
According to Sumit Thakur, Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, one of the most prestigious and premium trains of Western Railway, the existing rake of 02951/52 Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani Special Express has been replaced with new Tejas type sleeper coach. Two such Tejas type sleeper coach rakes have been prepared to run as Rajdhani Express. Out of these two rakes, one rake comprises the special Tejas Smart Sleeper Coach, which is the first of its kind to be introduced on Indian Railways.
The new train will have special smart features to enhance passenger safety and comfort. Smart Coach aims to provide world class amenities to passengers with the help of intelligent sensor-based system. It is equipped with Passenger Information and Coach Computing Unit (PICCU) provided with GSM network connectivity, which reports to the remote server. PICCU will record data of WSP, CCTV recording, toilet odor sensor, panic switch and other items integrated with fire detection and alarm system, air quality and choke filter sensor and energy meter.
Sumit Thakur informed that with the use of Tejas Smart Coach, Indian Railways aims to move towards predictive maintenance rather than preventive maintenance. The introduction of this modern Tejas type sleeper train for long distance travel is another paradigm shift by the Indian Railways to enhance the travel experience of the passengers. This significant achievement has been achieved due to the efficient guidance and energetic leadership as well as constant monitoring of the General Manager, Western Railway, Alok Kansal.
PA/PIS (Passenger Announcement/Passenger Information System): Two LCDs inside each coach will display important travel information like next station, distance remaining, expected arrival time, delay and safety messages to passengers.
Digital Destination Board: Flush type LED digital destination board is installed by dividing the data displayed on each coach into two rows. The first row displays the train number and coach type while the second row displays the scrolling text of the destination and intermediate station in multiple languages.
Security and Surveillance: Each coach has six cameras, which do live recording. CCTV cameras with day and night vision capability, facial recognition even in low light conditions, network video recorders have been installed.
Automatic Plug Door: All the main entrances are controlled centrally by the guards. The train does not start until all the doors are closed.
Fire Alarm, Detection and Suppression System: Automatic fire alarm and detection systems have been installed in all coaches. The automatic fire suppression system kicks in when a fire is detected in the pantry and power cars. Talk back can be done in case of emergency like medical emergency or security.
Improved toilet unit: Anti-graffiti coating, gel coated shelf, new design dustbin, door latch with activated light, engagement display have been installed.
Toilet Occupancy Sensor: The toilet occupancy is displayed automatically inside each coach.
Panic button in toilets: This button has been installed in every toilet in case of any emergency.
Toilet Enclosure Sensor Integration (TASI): Each coach is fitted with two toilet annulment sensor integrations, which will broadcast an announcement of ‘Do’s and Don’ts in the toilets’ at the time of use.
Bio-vacuum toilet system: Provides better sanitary conditions in the toilet due to better flushing and also saves water per flush.
Stainless Steel Under-Frame: The entire under-frame is of Austenitic Stainless Steel (SS 201 LN) which extends the life of the coach due to less corrosion.
Air suspension bogies: Air spring suspension has been installed in the coaches to improve the passenger comfort and ride quality of these coaches. On board condition monitoring system for bearings, wheel to improve safety HVAC – air quality measurement for air conditioning system and water level sensor to indicate water availability on real time basis.
Textured Outer PVC Film: Available with textured PVC film in exterior.
Better Interior: The seats and berths with fire resistant silicone foam provide superior comfort and safety to the passengers.
roller blind on window Instead of curtains, roller blinds have been provided for easy sanitization.
Mobile Charging Point: is provided for each passenger.
Birth Reading Light: is provided for each passenger.
Convenience for climbing to the upper berth: Convenient upper berth arrangement.
Chief Public Relations Officer Sumit Thakur informed that Tejas type sleeper coaches are being manufactured at Modern Coach Factory (MCF), which will be gradually installed in long distance premium trains on Indian Railways network.