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Queen Oja inaugurates Guwahati – Barmer Express equipped with LHB coaches

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GUWAHATI, Aug 31: With the aim of elevating passenger safety and comfort, the coaches of the weekly express train no 15632/15631 running between Guwahati and Barmer have been upgraded to modern LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches, featuring state-of-the-art amenities. On Thursday, Queen Oja, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), inaugurated the train with the new LHB rake at Guwahati Railway Station. The event saw the presence of senior railway officials, division representatives, and other dignitaries.

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The revamped LHB train, numbered 15632 Guwahati – Barmer – Guwahati Express, will commence its journey from Guwahati every Thursday at 10:40 hrs. The train will cover a distance of 2453 kilometres in approximately 45 hours, maintaining an average speed of around 50 km/hr. The route will include stops at Kamakhya, New Bongaigaon Jn, New Alipurduar Jn, New Jalpaiguri Jn, Katihar Jn, Mokama, Kanpur Central, Agra Fort, Jaipur Jn, Degana Jn, Merta Road, and Jodhpur. The train composition will feature 22 LHB design coaches, including 1 AC 2 tier, 5 AC 3 tier, 12 sleeper, 1 second class, 1 pantry car, and 2 power cars.

LHB coaches offer several advantages, such as increased space, enhanced comfort, and improved passenger amenities, contributing to a seamless journey with enhanced safety features. The hydraulic shock absorbers and upgraded suspension systems of LHB coaches ensure a smoother ride compared to conventional rakes. These coaches boast ‘Modular Interiors’, integrating lighting into the ceiling and luggage racks, along with wider windows. Additionally, all LHB coaches are fitted with controlled discharge bathroom systems and bio-toilets, which are eco-friendly when compared to ICF coaches.

The Indian Railways consistently endeavours to provide a safer, faster, and more comfortable travel experience for residents of the north-eastern region. The conversion of the Guwahati – Barmer Express to a modern LHB rake marks a significant stride toward achieving this goal.

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