The central railway cancelled at least 24 long-distance trains from Mumbai towards the north and northeast after a pier of a rail bridge across Manjoba river got displaced near Bhusawal on Thursday due to heavy rains and floods.
The incident took place around 8pm when no train was passing.
Many trains from Mumbai, Goa, Karnataka and Gujarat were affected as nearly 40 trains will be diverted and rescheduled. Several trains are running late by more than 4 hours.
CR officials said the soil beneath one of the three piers of the 27-metre long bridge eroded, displacing it by 10cm, and rail tracks dipped. Traffic was halted soon after for emergency repairs, which sources say would be completed by Saturday. Around 5pm on Friday, a trial run of an empty train was carried out.
“Traffic will be restored when emergency repairs are completed,” said V Malegaonkar, chief public relations officer, CR.