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Old 13th November 2015, 01:31   #1
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Default Fiat bogie used by the Indian Railways

Hi friends, i have had my share of getting to listen to unique and cliched comments on the mere mention of the name FIAT, ranging from "Taxi makers" to "Low resale and worthless cars" from obviously people with limited knowledge about the company in question.

Well we enthusiasts know about Ferrai, Maserati and AlfaRomeo, but today i am going to talk about an entity which is benefiting from FIAT tech and is not remotely associated to cars in the classic sense.

Our very own Indian Railways!

My interests range from Aircrafts to cars to railways with one common factor which I always consider - Speed!

While doing that and going through the technical details of the LHB coaches which are widely used across Indian Railways to run high speed trains like the Shatabdi's , Rajdhanis and the Duronto's upto speeds of 150 kmph, I was astonished to stumble upon the fact that the coaches run on bogies designed and manufacture by FIAT!

For everyone's benefit the coach is the the shell which carries the passengers and the bogie is the wheel set which carries the coach on the rails.

It seems the FIAT bogie even has an anti-roll bar!

The official spec sheet published by RDSO for the LHB coaches run by the Indian Railways can be found at the following link:


One can search for "1.12 Fiat - Bogie" within the pdf to go to the exact details of the FIAT Bogie.

Another handbook taking users through the maintenance of the FIAT bogie can be found at http://www.rdso.indianrailways.gov.i...AT%20Bogie.pdf

This again contains a lot of technical details on the FIAT bogies.

The FIAT bogies have been tested upto 160 kmph and can push upto 200 kmph.

It seems FIAT is showcasing their handling and suspension tuning skills on rails as well !

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A vintage Fiat connection with the IR can be found here.

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Old 13th November 2015, 08:21   #3
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Well, the LHB coaches manufactured by Alstom under technology transfer have been in use since last 15 years and have undergone various changes and modifications. The bogies are the wheelsets over which the train coach rests. FIAT bogies have been in use on the LHB but I'm not exactly sure about the exact nature of FIAT's involvement in it. The bogies are made by FIAT-SIG (Swiss Industry Group, a manufacturer of many things including arms). You can get more details here --



I've not uploaded any snaps as they are freely available on internet.

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