Dombivli resident Guruprasad Rao couldn't wait to get home after spending the night at a friend's place in Marine Drive.
"I thought the situation would normalise by Tuesday. So, I took the 9:25am Ambernath-fast from Dadar station. But I reached Dombivli after spending three hours in the train," he said.
Like Rao, around 35 lakh suburban commuters were inconvenienced after services on the Central Railway (CR) were disrupted and more than 150 trains were cancelled due to flooding and technical snags on Tuesday.
The situation did not normalise till late in the night even though the water level had receded.
For the second day in a row, Thane district witnessed heavy rain, submerging the railway tracks at Kalyan, Vitthalwadi and Ulhasnagar stations.
"Due to flooding, technical snags were developed in track cross-over points and signals at many places, including Kalyan," said AK Singh, CR spokesperson.
"It resulted in bunching of trains on both ends of Kalyan station. Services on south-east and north-east section was normalised before 11.30am."
Bunching of trains between CST and Byculla stations after 2pm till late evening, forced commuters to walk on the tracks.
Due to technical snag of track crossover points and signals, services between Kalyan - Karjat and Kalyan - Kasara section came to a near standstill for over two hours. However, CR denied that trains had come to a complete halt.
Chandrashekhar, an engineering student, boarded a fast train from Dadar at 10am and reached Ambernath at 2pm. "The train was moving very slowly after Thane. I had to jump on the track and take a slow train towards Ambernath or I would have reached five hours later," he said.
"After waiting for a train for half-an-hour, I took a bus to Vashi as I found out that the Harbour line was running properly," said Sunil Kolekar, a Dombivli resident working in a private firm at CST.