Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

Train to Katra stuck in tunnel due to engine failure

Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said the train was stuck due to 'engine failure'. (Source: Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia) Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said the train was stuck due to 'engine failure'. (Source: Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia)
Express News Service | Jammu | Posted: July 16, 2014 11:34 am | Updated: July 17, 2014 1:43 am

Hundreds of Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims had a narrow escape after their DEMU train got stranded inside a 1.5 kms long tunnel near Tikri on the Udhampur-Katra stretch this morning.

Attributing it to the failure of train’s power engine, sources said that incident took place around 5.45 am on Wednesday. The DEMU was on way to Katra from Udhampur at that time.

However, as there was no communication between the engine driver and the station master at both Udhampur and Katra stations, a railway police patrol first saw the train stranded inside the tunnel and informed senior officials.

Another engine from Udhampur was rushed to the spot to carry the train to Katra where it reached two hours behind schedule around 7.10 am.

The Udhampur-Katra section was thrown open for rail traffic following its inauguration by prime minister Narendra Modi on July 4.

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