In what could have led to a major accident, a CST-bound harbour train went off its route and was diverted to the Mahim yard on Monday morning.
According to sources, the train, which was carrying several passengers, started from Bandra at 4.45am. However, it was diverted to the yard.
The alert motorman applied the emergency breaks, but a few coaches had entered the yard.
While the Western Railway (WR) said it was because of a technical glitch, officials said it could have been dangerous if another train was stabled ahead of the diverted rake. It could have even resulted in derailment.
Officials said it was possible that there was a problem in the railway relay interlocking, which controls crossing points and signals, or the control room.
Mahesh Kumar, general manager, WR, said, “The train was diverted because of a technical problem.” A CR spokesperson confirmed the incident.