General coaches reduced, more AC coaches in 8 trains plying through Kerala

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Chennai: Southern Railway has decided to convert general coaches to AC coaches in eight trains plying through Kerala. While this move aims to cater to the increasing demand for AC coaches, it may pose challenges for regular commuters due to a reduction in the number of general coaches. The modifications are scheduled to be implemented from July 25.

Train No 16347/ 16348- Thiruvananthapuram⇔Mangalore Express presently has 5 general coaches and two general-cum-luggage coaches. As per the new changes, the train will drop one general coach. That means, the train will have four AC coaches. The number of coaches will change in the same pattern in Train No 16347/ 16348-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus⇔Mangaluru Central (Mangalore).

These trains have 23 coaches each. That means, there are 11 sleeper coaches, three three-tier AC coaches, two two-tier AC coaches, five general coaches and two general cum luggage coaches on each train.

It may be noted that conversion affects 8 trains that are having IRC- type coaches. Earlier, it was decided to reduce sleeper coaches in long-distance trains having HLB-type coaches and replace them with AC three-tier coaches. Similarly, during the addition of new coaches AC coaches are given more priority.

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