The Indian Railways’ new AC-III tier compartment that will roll out in middle of November this year, is said to be equipped with a slew of changes, including CCTV cameras in each aisle, and a tea, and coffee vending machine in each coach and a slew of other facilities.
What’s more these coaches will also have a signature colour scheme and a GPS-based passenger information system above each door.
There would also be a fire-and-smoke detectors for passenger safety and automatic room freshener dispenser in each compartment for passengers convenience.
The news about these new facilities was broken by the Indian Railways Twitter handle.
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) November 2, 2016
It also revealed that besides these new facilities, each compartment would also have a new improved “airline-like light bar” that would indicate the number of the seat along with indicating which is upper, lower and middle berths.
Further toilets in these coaches will have a special gel coating, which will make them “graffiti-proof”.
The Indian railways will now also provide curtains for side berths and aisles, which till now were only available in AC II Tire and AC I Coaches.
For now, these new AC III Tire coaches will only be deployed on the all Humsafar service, which is soon set to start operating between Delhi and Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh and has currently got four trains under its service.
These new coaches have been designed by the Rail Coach Factory in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh, which is currently working a set of coaches for the fifth train which is set for production and would roll out later.
In this fifth train, besides the above, they have also removed the small gap that one has in the middle of the side lower berth.
This gap between the two lowered backrests had challenged coach designers for decades and was a huge source of misery for travelers allocated these seats.
As a solution, the designers have tucked a separate thin berth sideways between the wall and the side-lower seats.
These thin births now work as a hand-rest for passengers till they pull it up.