India will collaborate with Switzerland for developing trains which will
tilt on approaching a bend, just like a motorbike on a winding road. A
memorandum of understanding was signed on August 31st between the two countries
in this regard.
Such trains are now operational in 11 countries — Italy, Portugal,
Slovenia, Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic, the UK, Switzerland, China,
Germany and Romania. Explaining how the tilting trains work, officials said
that as a train rounds a curve at speed it causes objects to slide about.
While it makes seated passengers feel squashed by the armrest, standing
passengers tend to lose their balance. The design of the tilting trains
counteracts this,” an official said.
The railway ministry signed two MoUs with the Federal Department of the
Environment, Transport and Communications of the Swiss Confederation for
technical cooperation in rail sector in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra
The first agreement is a follow up on bilateral cooperation in rail sector
discussed in the meeting held between Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and the
Swiss Ambassador in July 2016.
The MoU aims at cooperation in the areas of traction rolling stock,
electric multiple unit and train sets, traction propulsion equipments, freight
and passenger cars, tilting trains, railway electrification equipments,
tunnelling technology among other things.
The second MoU was signed between Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL)
and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology which will help the former in
establishing the George Fernandes Institute of Tunnel Technology (GFITT) at Goa
especially for assimilation and dissemination of knowledge in the field of
tunnelling, the officials said.
Switzerland was one of the first countries to provide technical knowhow to
the Integral coach factory near Chennai in 1950’s for manufacture of passenger