Bangalore: Train movement at the busy Bangalore City Station was affected badly after engines of two trains derailed during shunting operations around 4 a.m. on Sunday morning. Since November, this is the third incident of derailment within the city station premises.
The incident occurred after the loco pilot of the coupled loco overshot the signal and moved towards platform 6 during the shunting operation. The locos were to haul Train No. 12028 — Bangalore-Chennai Shatabdi, and Train No. 12608 —Bangalore Cehnnai Lal Bagh Express — which were scheduled to depart Bangalore City at 6 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. respectively, according to Railway officials.
While the front loco’s wheels derailed, the rear loco’s right hand-side wheels derailed in the incident. Soon, personnel from the Bangalore Division of the South Western Railway swung into action and re-railed the locos besides repairing the damaged rails.
The derailment resulted in entry and exit of several trains, leaving passengers fuming. While the Chennai-Mysore Cauvery Express was received on platform 6 instead of 5, its departure was delayed by over one and a half hours. The Chennai Shatabdi, scheduled to leave from platform 6 was shifted to platform 1 and departed 15 minutes late, officials said.
Divisional Railway Manager A.K. Agarwal told The Hindu that the derailment happened because of the fault of the loco pilot. Action is being initiated against the erring person, he said.
On November 24, two coaches of the Bangalore-Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express derailed and crashed through the compound wall of the Mahatma Gandhi Railway Colony, next to the city railway station. Mr. Agarwal said Sunday’s derailment of coupled locos was different from that of Rajdhani derailment.
In December, the loco of the Bangalore-Chennai Shatbdi derailed while entering platform 6, Railway officials said. On Saturday night, two coaches, one sleeper and another air-conditioned, of Rani Chennamma Express and Gandhidham Express respectively got entangled at the backyard of the city station. Authorities had to make alternative arrangements.