Haryana: Steam engine runs driverless for 2km in Rewari, derails

As soon as the engine started running on its own, the loco pilot jumped out to save his life.
The steam engine that derailed 2km from the Railway Heritage Museum in Rewari where it has been kept, on Saturday.(HT Photo)
The steam engine that derailed 2km from the Railway Heritage Museum in Rewari where it has been kept, on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 12, 2017 10:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Rohtak | By, Rohtak

After the loco pilot jumped out of it having sensed a snag, a 65-year-old rail steam engine stormed out on tracks and ran for 2 kilometres before it derailed in Rewari on Saturday.

The rail engine, WP7161 Akbar, was kept in the Railway Heritage Museum, from where it stormed past a wall and an iron gate.

The officials said the rail engine went out of control during a trial run when senior officers from Delhi were inspecting the heritage museum.

As soon as the engine started running on its own, the loco pilot jumped out to save his life.

The officials said no injuries were reported to anyone.

They, however, said the derailment averted the possibility of a bigger incident as the engine stopped mere 70 inches from the busy rail track that joined Hisar to Rewari.

The engine was on late Saturday evening brought back at the museum with the help of a crane. WP7161 Akbar has been used in the shooting of at least 10 Bollywood movies, the latest being Salman Khans’s Sultan.

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