Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala

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Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala
Government organization
IndustryRolling stock
Founded1986; 34 years ago (1986)
HeadquartersRail Coach Factory Colony, Kapurthala, Hussainpur, Rasulpur Chisty, Punjab, India
Key people
Sh. R.K Gupta(General Manager)
OwnerIndian Railways

Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala in the Indian state of the Punjab is located on the Jalandhar-Firozpur line.


Established in 1986, RCF is a coach manufacturing unit of Indian Railways. It has manufactured more than 30000 passenger coaches of different types including self-propelled passenger vehicles which constitute over 50% of the total population of coaches on Indian Railways. It is a production unit with a target of 1025 coaches per year.

Some of them are:


Air-conditioned LHB Coach of Mumbai Central-New Delhi Rajdhani

This output constitutes over 35% of the total population of coaches on Indian Railways. The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) has produced a record number of coaches in the financial year 2013–14, as it reached the mark of 1701 coaches against installed capacity of 1500 per annum. During the year RCF produced 23 different variants of coaches for high-speed trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, double-decker and other trains. The factory in association with DRDE also developed a highly cost-effective indigenous technology for the treatment of biowaste in coaches. Around 2096 bio-toilets have been fitted in 2013–14.[1]

1. Broad Gauge Air Conditioned

1.1 Tejas (High-Speed AC Rack)
1.2 Humsafar (3 AC Rack with new amentias)
1.4 AC Sleeper (AC First, AC-2 Tier, AC-3 Tier)
1.5 AC Chair Car (Executive Class, Second AC)

2. Broad Gauge Non-Air Conditioned

2.1 General Second Class Seating
2.2 General Second Sleeper
2.3 General Second Class Day Coach
2.4 General Second Class With Luggage Rack and Guard's Compartment
2.5 General Second Class With Disabled Compartment and Guard's Compartment
2.6 Power Cars

3. Stainless Steel BG Coaches

3.1 AC Sleeper (AC First, AC-2 Tier, AC-3 Tier)
3.2 AC Chair Car (Executive Class, Second AC)
3.3 AC Pantry Car
3.4 General Second Class Seating
3.5 General Second Sleeper
3.6 General Second Class With Luggage Rack and Guard's Compartment

4. Meter Gauge Air Conditioned Coaches

4.1 AC Sleeper (AC First, AC-2 Tier, AC-3 Tier)
4.2 AC Chair Car (Executive Class, Second AC)
4.3 General Second Class Seating
4.4 General Second Class With Luggage Rack and Guard's Compartment

5. Self Propelled Coaches

5.1 Accident Relief Train
5.2 Mailline Electric Multiple Unit
5.3 Mainline Diesel Multiple Unit
5.4 Meter Gauge Diesel Multiple Unit

6. Special Purpose Coaches

6.1 RA Coaches
6.2 Parcel Vans
6.3 Refrigrated Parcel Vans
6.4 Postal Vans

The factory is also manufacturing 120 Linke-Hofmann-Busch (LHB) coaches to be exported to Bangladesh at an estimated cost of Rs 367 crore, with the first consignment of 40 set to be dispatched in March 2016. The factory has already exported coaches to South East Asian and African countries which have Metre Gauge rail networks and Indian Railways' past experience in Meter Gauge rolling stock has proved handy in serving these markets.[2]

Employees welfare[edit]


A 65-bed Hospital supplies free medicine and free check-up to railway staff and their family members.


The township has two Kendriya Vidhyalaya's, one Government Elementary School (Punjabi medium), one Government Senior Secondary School (Punjabi medium), two Jack 'N' Jill schools run by RCF Women's Welfare Organization, of which one handles up to UKG and other up to 6th Standard.


A Lake complex in with boating channel and a park in the memory of martyr of The War of Kargil in 1999, which has 'Lakshman Jhula' tied with metal ropes between two hills. Apart from these, it has stadiums and courts for indoor and outdoor games. There are 3 clubs in R.C.F. namely worker club, supervisor club, officer club in which there are facilities of outdoor and indoor games.


The township also has Shopping complexes, Banks, Post office, Staff canteen, Karamchari Kalyan Kosh,[a] Handicraft Centre, Creche and a RCF/WWO–run Computer Centre.

See also[edit]

List of locomotive builders by countriesCoordinates: 31°19′42″N 75°21′04″E / 31.32827°N 75.35108°E / 31.32827; 75.35108


  1. ^ Karamchari Kalyan Kosh is a scheme to provide immediate financial help to the family of employees, who expires in service. Under this scheme, all staff including officers are covered and immediate help is provided to the aggrieved family. 15 (21¢ US) as subscription is being deducted from the salary. A sum of 56,500 (US$790) is paid to the family of the deceased employee.


  1. ^ http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/rcf-kapurthala-announces-record-coach-production.html
  2. ^ "Railways to export 120 LHB coaches to Bangladesh, first consignment of 40 to be dispatched in March - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. Retrieved 11 February 2016.

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