Reportedly, Pushpak Express will be the first-ever train originating from Lucknow, to be equipped with an 83-seater Third AC Economy coach.
In a move to ensure amplified comfort during commute, Railway Board has approved the proposal to replace the conventional coaches of Lucknow-Mumbai Pushpak Express with Link Hoffman Busch racks. As per reports, it is expected that the train would begin its first ride with the new LHB coaches on 30th October. Reportedly, Pushpak Express will be the first-ever train originating from Lucknow to be equipped with an 83-seater Third AC Economy coach.
Safer lightweight coaches to ensure an easier and comfortable travel
Till now, LHB class third AC coaches used to have 72 seats. Recently, Research Design and Standards Organisation developed the new AC Economy coach with 83 seats at the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala. After proper trials, a fleet of 10 coaches were readied by the authorities. While 6 coaches have been reserved for the North Central Railway, Prayagraj, Lucknow-Mumbai Pushpak Express will also get these compartments. Earlier, these coaches were only deployed in luxurious trains like Swarna Shatabdi, Garib Rath and Rajdhani amongst others.
The VIP category train running between Lucknow and Mumbai caters to a large count of passengers. With the introduction of LHB coaches, the trains will not only assure improved comfort for the travellers but the maximum permissible speed will also be increased. Further, it has been reported that lightweight coaches are safer and less vulnerable to derailment. Reportedly, the current progress has been achieved due to repeated efforts of DRM of Lucknow Regional Office, North Eastern Railway.
Train to consist of 2 third AC 3 economy coaches
As per reports, a senior official informed that the train will have one SLDRD coach, two general coaches, five sleeper coaches, four 3rd AC coaches, two 3 tier coaches economy, one coach of second AC and one coach of first AC. Besides this, the train will also have one pantry car and one generator car\luggage. Reportedly, the authorities from the North Eastern Railway informed that the train became a part of the NER fleet in 2004.