BEML Limited’s Rail Coach Factory situated in Bangalore, India is the first all steel integrated rail coach factory established by Government of India during 1948. It was set up with the assistance and technical know-how imparted by M/s. MAN, Federal Republic of Germany. This factory was established to indigenously manufacture the passenger rail coaches (of broad gauge) for the use of Indian Railways.
The factory was under the administrative control of M/s. Hindustan Aircraft Limited (now M/s. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) which was later transferred to BEML Limited (earlier known as Bharat Earth Movers Limited) on 11th May, 1964.
Since inception, this Rail Coach Factory has manufactured & supplied over 18,000 nos. mainline passenger coaches of various types for long distance mainline routes of Indian Railways. In addition, BEML has been manufactured and supplied over 900 Nos. of Electrical Multiple Units (EMUs) to Indian Railways for use in its sub-urban and mainline routes. BEML has also manufactured and supplied self-propelled equipment viz., 20Nos. Rail Bus (for public transport), over 40 Nos. other maintenance vehicles to Indian Railways and over 120 Nos. 8W-DHTCs (for OHE inspection & maintenance), to Indian Railways and various Metro Corporations of India.
During the implementation of the first urban transit project by DMRC for its Phase-1, BEML and Rotem signed a Technical Collaboration Agreement during 2002 and BEML became the first to indigenously manufacture Metro Cars for DMRC RS1 contract and manufactured 220 nos. Metro Cars.
Later, in order to indigenize the manufacture and integration of Metro train sets, BEML obtained a developmental order from DMRC to develop 8 nos. intermediate cars. The successful completion of this developmental order strengthened BEML as an indigenous source for Metro Cars.
As on date, BEML has supplied over 1,750 Metro Cars for various projects in India. BEML’s efforts in successful completion of indigenization of Rolling Stock and the augmentation of its production facilities have been lauded by the customers.
With the experience gained in manufacture, integration and testing of Metro Cars, BEML expanded its role in Metro Business and is commanding a good market share in India.