Mo­tor­man caught stop­ping train near Va­sai stn to take a leak, video goes vi­ral

But WR Claims A Tech­ni­cal Glitch Led To The Halt

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Sand­hya.Nair@ times­

Mum­bai: When a train stops be­tween two sta­tions, it is usu­ally as­sumed to be a sig­nal halt. How­ever, a video that is be­ing cir­cu­lated widely may make you think twice next time. The clip shows a long-dis­tance AC train stop­ping be­tween Nala­sopara and Va­sai sta­tions be­fore ar­riv­ing in Mum­bai on Satur­day morn­ing, the as­sis­tant loco pi­lot get­ting off to re­lieve him­self near the tracks and then re­turn­ing to the cabin to leave. The en­tire uri­nat­ing in­ci­dent was cap­tured by a Va­sai res­i­dent, H S Da­soni.

The in­ci­dent took place around 10.30am when the train, manned by a loco pi­lot and his as­sis­tant, was near­ing Va­sai sta­tion.

Though Western Rail­way sources clar­i­fied that the train had halted due to a tech­ni­cal glitch in the brake pipe and that is when the as­sis­tant loco pi­lot alighted to take a leak, the video shows the rake pulling off as soon as he gets in.

Western Rail­way spokesper­son Ravin­der Bhakar said that the dos and don’ts of an­swer­ing na­ture’s call are men­tioned in the work­ing rules of lo­cal pi­lots. “They rarely uri­nate in the open,” he claimed. He said a loco pi­lot can use the toi­lets at rail­way sta­tions and the de­ten­tion pe­riod of a train, if any (be­yond its sched­uled halt time), is logged into the driver’s ac­count.

“Any stop­page of a train and its rea­sons are re­layed to the con­trol room. In case, a driver has alighted to uri­nate along­side the track, it would have been an emer­gency and he would have com­mu­ni­cated the same to the con­trol room. Also, there would not have been any safety vi­o­la­tion as the train must have hal- ted at a mid-sec­tion, where there is no dan­ger of an­other train com­ing by,” ex­plained Bhakar.

Loco pi­lots said that while they get a 15-20 minute halt at big junc­tions, the prob­lem start when trains are in­or­di­nately de­layed. A loco pi­lot said, “We have been ask­ing the rail­ways to de­rive a way to have wash­rooms in­side en­gines. It be­comes ex­tremely dif­fi­cult at times. There are plans to have AC loco cab­ins and that will make it more dif­fi­cult for us to hold on till a ma­jor sta­tion ar­rives. Like mo­tor­men, guards too have been de­mand­ing toi­lets to uri­nate while on the move. The Trav­el­ling Ticket Ex­am­in­ers (TTE) use wash­rooms in­side the coaches, we can’t do so.”

Mo­tor­men on sub­ur­ban trains say it is worse for them as they can­not use wash­rooms till they com­plete their trips. A mo­tor­man on the Church­gate-Da­hanu sec­tion said it takes over 2 hours and 32 min­utes to com­plete a trip. “There is no way we can halt the train and run to the loo. We use the wash­room be­fore be­gin­ning our jour­ney. In case the train is late, we are in trou­ble,” he said.

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