Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Do You Know What These Numbers Mean on Train Coaches?

Train Coaches


Railways are one of the most preferred types of transportation by people in India, which sometimes makes the only way to get to some areas, especially when it comes to traveling to the countryside. Trains can cover great distances and serve to connect almost all corners of the country. More than 23 million individuals utilize trains to travel from one place to another on a regular basis. In any case, not many people know the actual significance of the 5-6 digit number which is written on the outside of the train compartments/coach.

Do you know what these numbers mean on train coaches?This is really a good question with an interest
Here Is The Meaning of Numbers or codes On Train Coaches:

Every train in India has this sort of number inscribed on its coaches. These are generally 4,5 or 6 digit number out of which the first 2 digits signify the year of production. For example, if the number is 8439, it means the train was manufactured in 1984 similarly if it’s 04052, then it was manufactured in 2004 and so on. But there are certain trains which don’t follow the above nomenclature, especially the Rajdhani express with the number 2951/2.

The remaining numbers in the digit signify the type of train whether its AC special or sleeper. Let’s look at how that works:
  • 001-025: AC First Class
  • 025-050: Composite 1st AC +AC-2T
  • 050-100: AC 2T
  • 101-150: AC 3T 
  • 151-200: AC Chair Car
  • 201-400: Sleeper 2nd Class
  • 401-600: General Second Class
  • 601-700: 2L Sitting Jan Shatabdi Chair Car
  • 701-800: Sitting Cum Luggage Rake
Also, the WCR, EF and NF mean that the train is manufactured by Central Railway, East Railways and North Railways respectively.

Here are some of the naming code for the type of coach:

  • CN: 3-tier sleeper coach
  • CW: 2-tier sleeper coach
  • CB: Pantry/kitchen car/buffet car
  • CL: Kitchen car
  • CR: State saloon
  • CT: Tourist car (first class) (includes bathrooms, kitchen, and sitting and sleeping compartments)
  • CTS: Tourist car (second class) (includes bathrooms, kitchen, and sitting and sleeping compartments)
  • C: (except as above) With Coupe
  • D: Double-decker
  • Y: (not as prefix) With Ladies’ compartment (usually 6-berth compartment with locking door)
  • AC: Air-conditioned





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