The Indian Railways is considering amalgamating its manufacturing units into one entity called the Indian Railway Rolling Stock Company. The Indian Railways presently has the following manufacturing facilities.
- Modern Coach Fatory Rae Bareli
- Rail Coach Factory (RCF) in Kapurthala
- Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai
- Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) in West Bengal
- Wheel & Axle Plant in Bangalore
- Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi
- Diesel Modernization Works (DMW) in Patiala.
The aim of such an amalgamation is to allow the company to upgrade technologies and manufacture coaches and locomotives which can be exported. The Indian Railways wants to manufacture Aluminium coaches capable of travelling at up to 160 km/h or faster and even high speed rail coaches which can travel at 350 km/h. They also want to manufacture coaches for metro rails.
Mr VK Yadav, chairman of the Railway Board said, ” A quantum-jump is required and for that we will upgrade the rolling stock manufacturing units technologically.” He further stated that, ” China has done this successfully and its China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation exports to around 100 countries.”