New Delhi, Jun 17: Indian Railways will soon be giving a new look to about 30,000 dark blue coaches of the trains. In this bid, the public transporter will get all Mail/Express trains repainted in a new colour scheme – beige and brown. First in the lot would be the Delhi-Pathankot Express. Besides this, the bio-toilets in trains will also be replaced with airplane-like toilets.

All 16 coaches of Delhi-Pathankot Express will be repainted in beige and brown and will be the first one to be rolled out, by June-end. Notably, the new colour scheme has been developed by the in-house team of Northern Railway.

The colour of premium trains — including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto — will however not be changed and only Mail/Express service with conventional coaches manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai will be donning the new colour. Besides, special service trains like Tejas and Gatimaan Express will also continue with the existing colour, an IANS report claimed.

“A complete makeover of coaches was long overdue and the new colour scheme was applied in trains after it was finally approved by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal,” a senior Railways Ministry official was quoted as saying by IANS.

Railways has been taking steps to revamp its network across the country and improve passenger experience. The makeover of coaches for a more pleasing travel experience is one such step.

Besides the exterior, steps have been taken to improve the interiors of the coaches with additional facilities. “The replacement of all toilets with bio-toilets, providing mobile chargers at each berth, comfortable seats are some of the changes undertaken in trains. In fact, a provision has also been activated to solicit passengers’ response and suggestions for improving service,” an official told IANS.

It was in the 1990s that the new colour scheme of dark blue was introduced for Mail/Express coaches, replacing the brick red colour which was in use for decades.

(Inputs from IANS)