South Eastern Railway (SER) will soon be receiving coaches specially designed to replace power cars on rakes that have now adapted Head On Generation (HOG). Under the technique, power cars are no longer required in trains for air-conditioners and other electrical equipment. The locomotives draw necessary power directly from overhead wires. This is not only environment-friendly but also works out to be cheaper for the railways. Indian Railways also hopes to generate four lakh more seats everyday by replacing the power cars with special coaches.
“Under SER, we have 31 trains using the HOG technology. While 22 of them originate from Howrah, the remaining start from Tatanagar and Ranchi. We hope to receive the special coaches soon. These will be luggage-cum-guard vans with accommodation for a few passengers. Not only will these trains be able to carry luggage now, the accommodation will also go up. The coaches are under production and will be delivered soon. We shall be fitting them to trains as and when they arrive,” said Sanjoy Ghosh, CPRO, SER.
The power cars are noisy and a cause for environmental pollution. The HOG technique will not only save costs but help in increasing revenue by allowing the carriage of more passengers.
Source: Times of India