Indian Railways will soon be able to add two more passenger coaches to Rajdhani and other AC Express trains with the introduction of twin-engine operation.
This will not only make more space for passengers but will also cut the travel time by several minutes.
With the help of this system, the electricity used for running train’s AC will be sourced from the overhead cable, instead of the two power cars attached to the train, currently. This will enable the railways to add two more 3-tier AC coaches, which will create space for another 100 plus passengers.
The first commercial run with twin engines took place on February 13. The Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani saved 106 minutes by covering the distance in around 17 hours which is usually covered in 19 hours.
A senior railway official said, “By push-pull arrangement of locomotives equipped with hotel load converter, both end power car may also be replaced by passenger coaches. We have proposed all Rajdhanis to be operated under push-pull method as it will not only save time but also increase the revenue by giving space for more passengers.”