In 2007, Indian Railways decided to set up it’s third railway passenger coaches manufacturing unit in Lalganj, distt Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh. Foundation stone was laid in 2007 and construction work started in 2009. In Dec 2015, it was named as Modern Coach Factory. It was planned at a total cost of Rs 3,192 Crore, with annual production capacity of 1000 coaches. MCF is located around 3 km away from Lalganj on Kanpur-Raebareli road (85 km from Lucknow).
The first completely in-house manufactured coach was turned out in August 2014. Since then, MCF has almost doubled it’s production year by year, starting from 140 coaches in 2014-15, to 285 coaches in 2015-16, then 576 coaches in 2016-17 and first time achieving the given production target of 710 coaches by manufacturing 711 coaches in 2017-18 ,MCF has turned out 1425 coaches in 2018-19 against a target of 1422 coaches. MCF also produced 1920 coaches in the year 2019-20. Inspite of Low Production rate due to Locked Down, MCF has produced 1360 coches due to revised target in 2020-21.
Besides manufacturing stainless steel LHB coaches , as the name suggests, MCF is taking up new challenges of manufacturing modern day coach design, including train sets, metro coaches, aluminum body coaches, bullet train coaches and high speed coaches to meet upcoming demands.
MCF is certified to international standards for Quality Management, Environment Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Energy Management, Laboratory and Testing. MCF is also the first unit of Indian Railways to get IRIS (International Railway Industries Standard) certification (ISO 22163: 2017) for manufacture and design of rolling stock. In May 2019, MCF also became the first factory (Production Unit/Workshop) of Indian Railways to get rating of Green Co. Platinum (CII Certified Green Company Platinum Rating).