Indian Railways Rolls Out 100% Economic AC-3 Trains With 8% Cheaper Fares

Economy AC 3 fares are 8% less expensive than standard AC-3 grade coaches!
Economy AC 3 fares are 8% less expensive than standard AC-3 grade coaches!

It was in July 2021 when we got to know how Indian Railways was tirelessly working to run a full train with just Economy AC-3 tier coaches. The Indian Railways are targeted to achieve greater heights of performance as sleeper coaches are uncomfortable for long-distance trains. 

To allow for faster and more comfortable travel the national transporter worked hard to replace sleeper coaches with AC-3 tier Economy.

Introducing The New AC- Economy Class!

The Economy AC 3 tier is designed at making air-conditioned travel more accessible to the general public.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated that efforts should be made to run a full train comprising of AC-3 tier Economy coaches. According to the official, any zone would require at least 16-18 coaches to run the train. 

The route for the train is yet to be decided.

Would It Be Out Of Reach?

About The Fare!

Economy AC 3 fares are 8% less expensive than standard AC-3 grade coaches.

Coaches of the economy AC 3 tier have 83 berths, which is 11 more than the standard AC 3 tier coach. The carriages, according to Indian Railways, are the world’s “most affordable in its class air-conditioned” train travel.

The Design

The economy class is an upgrade from the non-AC sleeper while being almost on par with the AC-III tier.

  • An extra bay for the additional berths
  • Personalised aircraft-style vents for air conditioning
  • Personalised reading lights and charging points
  • Modular bio-toilets
  • One divyang-friendly toilet in each coach
  • Modified ladders for reaching the middle and upper berths
  • Fire-proof berths and foldable snack tables for aisle berth

The government was working on this concept because it wanted to bring affordable air conditioning. According to the board’s internal debate, the new class will be designated as 3E in the reservation document.

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