Railbus in Indian Railways ; A lightweight passenger rail vehicle

A railbus is a lightweight passenger rail vehicle that shares many aspects of its construction with a bus, typically having a bus (original or modified) body and four wheels on a fixed base, instead of on bogies.

Originally designed and developed during the 1930s, railbuses have evolved into larger dimensions, with characteristics similar in appearance to a light railcar, with the terms railcar and railbus often used interchangeably.

This video shows the Interior & Exterior of Kakinada-Kotipalli Rail Bus.

In the below Video :The Rail Bus now runs on 29 KM Comissioned Bagalkot – Khajjidoni Section in North Karnataka. The line is a part of the Bagalkot – Kudachi new line which is still under construction.

Railbuses designed for use specifically on little-used railway lines were commonly employed in countries such as Germany, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Sweden.

Today, railbuses are being replaced by modern light DMU railcar designs.

Indian Railways operates many railbuses on its branch lines. They are mostly electric. These railbuses are being replaced by EMUs due to increase in passengers.

In Srilanka – In areas without significant demand for regular commuter trains, such as in the Eastern province, railbus connects towns and cities. These buses were built by converting two buses originally built for road transport.