Railways to phase out sleeper coaches in high-speed trains
Railways will phase out sleeper coaches on mail and express trains that will run at 130 kmph or above on its tracks. Such trains will have only AC coaches as it plans to upgrade the network. While railway ministry officials said trains running at less speed will continue to have the sleeper coaches. The railways has set the December 2023 deadline to complete the upgradation of Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah to enable trains to run at 160 kmph. Sources said though the railways have had this plan for quite some time, this has gained pace recently and more particularly when the Indian Railways is finalising the zero-based time table for future trains.