It seems lives of thousands of people depended one one lock, in the incident of the engine of Shatabdi Express detaching from its coaches twice, initial reports have found.
An inquiry has been launched for knowing the possible reason of de-coupling.
Sources in Western Railway (WR) said the lock connecting the engine with the bogies had been replaced with a new one before this incident occurred. “The main point of question is the lock linking the engine with its coaches as the lock was recently modified and replaced,” said a senior WR official.
These engines are known for their superior quality and enhance the speed of express trains, which already run at high speeds of 150 km per hour.
WR general manager R.N. Verma confirmed that there was a problem with the locks. “We have informed the Railway Board about the incident and are in constant touch with them,” Verma said.
A serious accident got averted when the state-of-the-art Geman made Linke Hoffman Bush engine of Ahmedabad-Mumbai Shatabdi Express detached from its coaches twice.
The engine detached from its coaches a few kilometres from Valsad station at 6.50 pm on February 27. The incident took place after the train drove past the station and was heading towards Mumbai. It was re-coupled but again got detached at Palghar at 8.50 pm.
Sources said that the engine was running at a good speed and had gone two to three km ahead without its bogies. But soon after railway authorities noticed the fault and rushed to the spot and attached the engine back with the coaches.