Three coaches of the Mangala Express derailed at Pen station, about 130 km from Mumbai, on Sunday. There were no injuries in the mishap and the Konkan railway train traffic was diverted to a loop line, which ensured that services were unaffected.
All passengers on board are safe, a Central Railway (CR) spokesperson said. A pantry car, two sleeper class coaches, S9 and S10, derailed in the mishap that occurred at 6.10pm, he said. Restoration operations started immediately.
“The train that broke down is at Pen railway station. Railway officials have been immediately pressed into service for restoration operations,” said AK Singh, public relations officer, CR.
The mishap happened when the train from Ernakulam, on its way Hazrat Nizamuddin, reached Pen station, but the cause of the derailment is not yet known.
Meanwhile, CR passengers were already hassled by the mega block between Aapta and Kasu stations. On Sunday, there was a five-hour mega block from 7.30am onwards, because of which some trains were delayed. The block will continue on Monday as well.
Sources said the block was for ‘route relay interlocking’ related work before the newly built railway line between Panvel and Pen stations was commissioned.
There was a speed restriction of 30 kmph on the section due to the mega block.