Madurai: The Madurai - Chennai Egmore Pandian Express left Madurai junction on Monday night fully decorated with brand new Linke Hofmann Busch rake with a mixed response from passengers. While passengers from reserved coaches were quite thrilled about the looks and comfort of the new rake, passengers from unreserved coaches were agitated since the new rake had only two unreserved coaches in place of the four unreserved coaches including a ladies compartment in conventional rake.
There was a lot of commotion among the passengers in those coaches. A Guruvammal, 35, from Madurai was travelling to Chennai and she could not plan her journey in reserved compartment since it was a sudden trip, she said. "There is not even a ladies compartment and
Don't think so. When railways made 13 coach train to 21 coach rake train in one budget announcement why is it not possible to make 24-26 within a year?
I am not proposing anything new. This was made announcement in budget. Railways would have done feasibility before announcing it in budget.
length of sidings+length of platforms is an issue.
Had the platforms/yard lines already been long enough to handle 30 coaches then increasing to 26 coach wouldn't be an issue, in that case only the production capacity of coaches would be a limiting factor, this isn't the case sadly and in many cases trains barely fit on Pf when 24 coach long.
there are certain PF's though which have heard have been extended, so the process may not take very long, but instantly it won't happen.
Even on important stations like LKO, out of 7 only 4 platforms are capable to accommodate a 24 coach ICF or 22 coach LHB and here are talking about 26 coach Rake. It will definitely need major infrastructural overhaul.
this is true for many major stations.
Increasing length of PF isn't just a simple matter of extending PF length, lot of work goes in making new turn outs, relaying the cables (interlocking) connected to signals on turn outs, changing position of signals itself etc. the whole process can be time consuming, especially if done in major cities with busy schedules.