Hundreds of passengers had a narrow escape after the engine of an Amritsar-Ajmer train caught fire due to some technical glitch near Deh Kalan village, 15 km from here, on Friday night.
The incident happened around 10pm when the Ajmer-bound train left the Dhuri railway station.
Railway police officials said after spotting fire, the driver stopped the train and shouted for help.
Acting swiftly, villagers made announcements in the village gurdwara, asking people to gather near the railway line to contain the fire. Tractor trollies laden with water were pressed into service.
However, the passengers had a harrowing experience as it took the railway authorities two hours to arrange for an alternative engine. Villagers arranged food and cold water for them.
The railway police said they were yet to ascertain the reason behind the fire.
Meanwhile, local railway officials said the matter had been reported to senior authorities in Ambala and an inquiry committee would be formed to probe the issue.