Nine AC coaches and the engine of Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express (train no 12290) derailed near Titwala station, a small town in Maharashtra`s Kalyan, on Tuesday due to a sudden landslide caused by incessant rains in the region. “Sudden landslide caused Duronto Express derailment. Excellent job by driver of applying emergency breaks,” said Central Rail Chief PRO.
Rescue operations, currently underway, have also been hampered due to incessant rains. Ambulances and rescue team rushed from nearest city Kalyan. Those injured are being shifted to nearby hospitals. There are no reports of casualties.
Firstly, We would like to thank God as there are no casualties in this incident of a train derailing.
Secondly, there are some specific reasons why there were no casualties in this particular incident, i.e, the use of LHB coaches. These coaches do not climb over each and crash because of a special type of CBC (centre buffer coupler). It is the same thing that is also responsible for the jerk you experience as the train accelerates/decelerates. ICF coaches have screw couplers. These coaches have have, Anti-Telescopic, Technology which ensures Passenger safety during an event of collision or derailment. Moreover, a LHB coach has most of its heavier components under the passenger cabins which also prevents crushing of coaches lengthwise.
In 2016, after two accidents Railway minister Suresh Prabhu declared all ICF Bogies will be replaced by LHB coaches by the end of 2017 to provide more safety and comfort.
LHB coaches are designed for higher passenger capacity and operating speed up to 160 km per hour. At present trains like Rajdhani Express, Purushottam Express, Duronto and Shatabdi Express are fitted with LHB coaches, as per Railways officials. Steps are being taken by railways to replace all conventional coaches of trains with LHB coaches in a phased manner to ensure safety and comfort of passengers.
LHB coaches are currently being manufactured at Kapurthala, as well as Rae Bareli.
These coaches are made of stainless steel and the interiors are made of aluminium which make them lighter as compared to conventional rakes. Each coach also has an “advanced pneumatic disc brake system” for efficient braking at higher speeds, “modular interiors” that integrate lighting into ceiling and luggage racks with wider windows. The improved suspension system of LHB coaches ensures more riding comfort for the passengers compared to conventional rakes. The air conditioning system of the LHB coaches is of higher capacity compared to the older rakes and is controlled by a microprocessor which is said to give passengers better comfort than the older coaches during summer and winter seasons.