Indian Railways would soon be painting the Express trains in Beige and Brown thereby shedding the old dark blue look. The first of these would be Delhi-Pathankot Express with 16 coaches. It will be rolled out with the new paint job by the end of this month. The fresh color scheme of Beige and Brown has been developed by the in-house team of the Northern Railway.
However, the look of premium trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, and Duronto will not sport any changes as the new color scheme is only applicable for Mail/Express service fitted with conventional coaches that are manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. Besides, the newly launched trains like Tejas, Gatimaan, and Humsafar Express will also remain unchanged.
The present Dark Blue color has been a part of Indian trains since the 1990s which were introduced to replace the previous Brick Red Color back then. Now, the Indian Railways has the task at hand to repaint 30,000 coaches in the new shade.
Apparently, the Railways has been working hard to change the conventional look of the trains on the exterior as well as interior portions. The department is also working on providing superior services to the passengers.
A lot of changes are being made in the trains like replacing the existing toilets with bio-toilets, providing mobile charging ports at each berth, reading lights, improved ladders, LED indicators, clean blankets, and comfortable seats.
In 2015, the Indian Railways had approached National Institute of Fashion Technology and National Institute of Design to provide new designs for modern coaches. This change in the color scheme of trains is a crucial part of the department’s efforts to make the traveling experience a pleasant one for the passengers.