Train services on Western Railway were affected after tracks near the Carol Bridge at Elphinstone Road started shaking due to the ongoing work of lowering the height of tracks.
Sources said the tracks were shaky when trains ran on the stretch. So, plying of trains was stopped on the stretch between 3.30 pm and 4 pm.
“Trains were diverted during this time on the slow lines. There was not much delay in services,” said chief PRO, Sharat Chandrayan.
The tracks are being lowered to accommodate the conversion from 1,500-volt DC to 25,000-volt AC. Two years ago, the WR authorities raised the height of tracks as Elphinstone Road is prone to waterlogging during monsoon. The slow tracks are already on the lower side.
The WR has decided to reduce the height of the track used for fast trains at Elphinstone road station by 20cm. This would be a temporary solution as the WR plans to demolish this bridge and replace it with a cable-stayed one.
They have deployed four machines to suck out sand under the tracks to reduce its height.
The height between Carol Bridge and the track should be 4.69 metres.