Indian Railways is set to inaugurate the FIAT Rail Bogie Karkhana facility, situated in the villages of Badiyal and Kadechur in Karnataka's Yadgir district.

India's Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu is expected to open the new railway production facility, which will be used to manufacture Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) bogie frames.

It was developed by Tata Projects, with Rail Vikas Nigam (RVNL) acting as the executing agency.

The factory has been built on 150 acres of land and was completed at a cost of nearly Rs809.2m ($12.7m).

Indian Railways has announced plans to phase out its conventional coaches and replace them with the new LHB units.

The fleet modernisation is expected to enable the network to increase its passenger capacity and facilitate operation at speeds of up to 160km per hour.

"The fleet modernisation is expected to enable the network to increase its passenger capacity and facilitate operation at speeds of up to 160km per hour."

The current production capacity of the LHB Coaches is 2,800, and this is expected to improve significantly following the commencement of production at the new FIAT Rail Bogie Karkhana facility.

An additional new bogie production unit has also been sanctioned by Indian Railways at Budge-Budge in the state of West Bengal.

The new facility has been set up with pre-engineered building (PEB) technology that will offer various advantages, including various architectural and aesthetical improvements.

Indian Railways will also employ the latest production methods at the unit such as the installation of new machinery and equipment in order to fulfil specific dimensional accuracy requirements.

Image: FIAT Rail Bogie Karkhana unit at Karnataka, India. Photo: courtesy of Indian Railways.