5th December, 2003
Ministry of Railways  



Indian Railways had entered into a contract in October 1995 with M/s Linke—Hoffman—Busch (LHB) Germany (now M/s Alstom-LHB) for the Transfer of Technology (TOT) to manufacture light weight, high speed coaches fit for 160 kmph on Indian Railway system. The TOT was given to Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala and RCF has since manufactured and turned out 52 coaches of the new design till date.

The new coaches are ready for introduction in the Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani Express service shortly.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Basanagouda R. Patil in a written reply to a question from Shri Karnedu Bhattacharjee in the Rajya Sabha today.