Ever wonder why Indian Railways has blue, red and green carriages?

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The Indian Railways, which criss-cross this beautiful country far and wide, are rightly known as the lifeline of the country. Every day, a vast network of railway stations, trains, and miles of rail tracks transport thousands of passengers and tons of goods across the country. The first passenger train in India ran between Mumbai and Pune in 1853, and Indian Railways hasn’t looked back since.

Indian Railways has undergone remarkable travel and alterations spanning generations and decades, from the days of steam and coal engines to plans to introduce a bullet train in the next few years. Indian Railways has now become the second largest train network in Asia and the fourth largest in the world. India has a total of 12,167 passenger trains and 7,349 freight trains.


Every day, Indian Railways transports 23 million people. You may be surprised to learn that this figure is greater than the population of many countries. But what is most intriguing is the design of the trains operated by the Indian Railways.

Matsyagandha Express Train Route
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Although its design involves several things, what attracts people the most is its colors. Many trains were adorned with various cartoons and banners, but what I saw each time was that their colors ranged from blue, red, and green. So let’s find out why they are only painted in these specific colors and what they mean:

1. Blue buses


I have seen so many trainers that are painted in various shades of blue as are found in large numbers. They are also called Integral Coach Factory coaches, and this factory is located in Tamil Nadu. It means that the birthplace of these trainers is Tamil Nadu.


Trains with blue cars travel at speeds ranging from 70 to 140 km/h. These wagons are used in express or ultra-fast trains. Because these dumpsters are heavy, their maintenance costs are significant. Every 18 months, these coaches must be checked.

blue cars of the indian railway
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2. Red buses

The number of red coaches in India has increased dramatically in recent years. They are also known as LHB or Link Hofmann Busch. They are made in the Kapurthala district of Punjab. These coaches are made of stainless steel, which is why they are light.

With disc brakes, these coaches can reach a top speed of 200 km/h. It also has a lower maintenance cost. In the event of an accident, these coaches are not stacked on top of each other because they have a central shock-absorbing cooling system.

They are mainly used on ultra-fast trains like the Rajdhani and Shatabdi to allow them to run faster than usual.

red cars of the indian railway
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3. Green buses

The green wagons are used in Garib Rath. On the meter gauge railway, there are also some brown cars. On narrow gauge trains, on the other hand, light colored carriages are used. In India, almost all narrow gauge trains have been withdrawn.

Indian Railways Green Wagons
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In addition to color, the cars have different colored stripes painted on them.

These stripes serve an important purpose. To distinguish themselves from the rest, some cars have different colors painted above the last window. Unreserved second-class cars on a given train, for example, are designated by white stripes on blue rail cars.

Gray buses with green stripes, on the other hand, indicate that they are strictly for women, while red stripes on gray carriages indicate first-class cabins on EMU/MEMU trains. Western Railways uses both tactics for Mumbai local trains. Indian Railways uses a variety of symbols to help passengers understand information related to the train.


Scratches on train cars
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