Hindustan Times (Lucknow)
2 train engines catch fire in separate incidents, none hurt
LUCK NOW/ ALLAHABAD: The engines of the Sabar mati Express and Chauri Chaura Express caught fire on Tuesday at two different places in the state, inconveniencing their passengers, a railway official said. No one was hurt in either incident.
Panic gripped passengers onboard the Gorakhpur-Kanpur Chauri Chaura Express when its engine suddenly caught fire at Goriya crossing between Sirathu and Shujatpur railway stations at around 10am on Tuesday.
The driver halted the train when he spotted smoke coming out from the diesel engine. The driver and his assistant immediately alighted from the engine and used extinguishers to contain the fire. Timely action by the driver averted a major mishap.
The overhead electricity supply was disrupted on the line resulting in disruption of rail traffic for around an hour.
The overhead electricity supply was restored at around 11.40am and the up line was also started.
T he Kalka Mail, Moori Express, Nandan Kanan Express, and the North East Express were halted between Allahabad-Shujatpur following the incident.
Chief public relations officer, NCR, Vijay Kumar informed that an official enquiry had been ordered into the incident.
In the second incident, the engine of the 19168 Sabarmati Express caught fire around 2.50pm at Shivpur station near the Varanasi Junction.
The train’s loco pilot (engine driver) and the staffers at the station managed to douse the fire.
Northern Railway (NR) sources said the fire broke out in the engine room but its cause was yet to be ascertained.
Ajit Sinha, senior divisional commercial manager (DCM) NR Lucknow said, the locomotive was detached on a precautionary basis.
The Ahmedabad-bound train finally departed for Lucknow at 5.10pm.