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Visit to RCF, Kapurthala - November 2004



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< Early morning at Jalandhar City Station as a Ludhiana 'Jumbo' WDM2 in now standardised livery coasts past our train. This loco was sent ahead of our DMU to work a BCN freight from a midway station and in doing so delayed our departure by quite a bit.



< RCF Halt Station as our DMU departs towards Ferozpur.



< Meghraj & Vaibhav stand at the east end of RCF Halt. The entrance gate to the Rail Coach Factory can be seen on the right. The LC gate connects the state highway with RCF's campus.



< A Mercedes Benz road rail vehicle shunts a newly built SLR coach in the RCF yards. RCF owns 3 such vehicles for this purpose and does not rely on shunting powers from NR. These road rail vehicles perform their tasks with utmost ease!



< A line up of new rolling stock awaiting despatch at RCF yard. The coaches in white to the right of the photo are inspection cars being built in great numbers nowadays to meet the demands created by the new zones. They will eventually dawn the regular 'air-brake' livery and the white that you see is the primer coat that has been applied on them prior to painting.



< LHB coaches on the finishing line. The 1st 2 coaches (L to R) are ordinary class self generating LHB coaches. The 3rd coach is a Rajdhani liveried LHB coach and the 4th coach is a self generating aircon LHB coach meant for non Rajdhani / Shatabdi services.



< The only example of the IRZ-20 coach ever built lies forgotten in one corner of RCF's holding yard.



< Ludhiana shed's WDM2 no.17906 sports a striking new livery as it prepares to depart RCF Halt with a Ferozpur bound vacuum braked passenger working.



< A Jalandhar City homed DMU set with an aerodynamic look awaits its next call of duty on the south facing terminus platform at Jalandhar City Station.


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