Indian Railways to lend a step up to upper berth

By Avishek G Dastidar  indianexpress.com

Three small steps and one giant leap. Negotiating the upper berth on Indian Railways means that for most travellers. Finally, the Railways is ready to lend a hand.

Engineers at the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, and Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, where the Linke Hofman Busch (LHB) coaches are manufactured, are poring over designs and prototypes of numerous possible “ladders” to pick the one that will, hopefully, permanently ease the problem of climbing up to, or coming down from, the upper berth.

In an exercise carried out by the Railways a few months ago to get feedback from passengers on its services, the ladder design had emerged as the source of many woes. It was then included in the “to-do” list for 2015-16.

“We are trying out various designs of ladders. We have already arrived at one for AC First Class. For AC-II and III classes, work is on,” Railway Board Member (Mechanical) Hemant Kumar said. More info

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