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Indian Railways to stop ICF design coaches, opt for LHB ones

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New Delhi:  On 20 November after one of the deadliest train accidents the derailment of the Indore-Patna Express claiming 150 lives, the Indian Railways has decided to stop manufacturing Integral Coach Factory (ICF) designed coaches by 2017.

On 24 November the ministry of railways held a meeting with heads of railway production units to discuss the feasibility of the shift to German Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches.

The ministry also plans to hold meetings with vendors shortly to plan the process of expediting the production of LHB coaches.

Apart from it various issues have also been discussed in the meeting. The railways will increase the LHB production in the next five years sources said.

According to the ministry of railways, the national carrier has around 1,253 LHB coaches at present. It has set a target of manufacturing 1,268 coaches in the next financial year and around 1,600 by 2019.

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