Pakistan Railways has purchased 230 modern passenger carriages in order to improve and modernize the Railway system and serve customers with better and latest facilities.
The 230 coaches will comprise 80 economy class coaches, 80 air-conditioned standard coaches, 30 parlour cars, 20 luggage vans and 20 brake vans.
According to a Ministry of Railways official, the first batch of bought coaches should arrive by the end of this month. He went on to say that the 4,000 horsepower high-power locomotives were bought to boost payload and maximize freight revenues.
He said that work on installing a Radio Frequency Identification System (RFIS) on the railway network had begun, which will turn the department into modern lines by allowing for more effective and efficient rolling stock monitoring.
Automatic Train Protection (ATP) in locomotives have begun and it would be operational once Computer Based Interlocking (CBI) at 31 stations had been completed.
According to the source, the Pakistan Railways Office in Lahore’s central control office, as well as control offices in all seven operational divisions, worked around the clock to monitor train operations and assure and improve punctuality.
“These control offices are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said, adding that “the department has made several initiatives to improve train punctuality and cut running durations.”
On all systems, the degree crossing gates were correctly linked telephonically with operational stations to ensure that gates were closed on time to avoid detentions and accidents.
Spare rakes and coaches have been stationed at the major stations, according to the official, to meet the harsh circumstances and preserve train timetables.