He was motoring a local train. But was in his own train of thoughts.
On Thursday evening, the motorman of a fast local train “forgot” to halt the 6.26 pm Borivli-bound fast train from Churchgate at its scheduled stop at Jogeshwari station.
By the time he screeched the train to a halt, its first six coaches crawled out the platform length. Commuters in the other six compartments of the 12-coach rake were lucky to set foot on the platform. A tad too late, but it suddenly dawned on motorman Pradip Tiwari that the train was supposed to halt.
Ahead, all hell broke loose as a slew of angry shouts and a barrage of abuses rent the air. Commuters spilled on the tracks, many of them livid, and confronted the motorman.
A wistful-sounding Tiwari pleaded of them, seeking forgiveness, muttering apologies at having forgotten to halt the train at Jogeshwari station.
“He said he was thinking about something due to which he forgot to halt at Jogeshwari,” said Mansoor Parvesh, who was on board the train.Parvesh, who is a member of the Passenger and Traffic Relief Association, said Tiwari could have been in his late thirties.
“When the train pulled out of Andheri station, its speed was much more than what it should have been,” said Parvesh.
The train was a fast local from Churchgate to Borivli and was supposed to run slow after Andheri station, halting at all stations en route.
“Nearly three trains following this local had to be diverted on the slow line. This incident will be inquired into,” said Western Railway’s Public Relations Officer N. David.
The drama ended after the train reached Goregaon station at 7.45 pm — 25 minutes beyond schedule — and halted on platform 1.
At Goregaon station, announcements boomed over the public address system, asking commuters to take a return train to Jogeshwari.