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23 hurt as engine collides with CST-Bhusawal train

The safety requirements for train operation forbids passenger trains on steep gradients without banker trains, reports Rajendra Aklekar.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 00:58 IST

Twenty three passengers were, injured two of them seriously, when an engine collided with the Mumbai CST-Bhusawal passenger train while it was being attached at the train’s rear end at Kasara on Monday morning. All the passengers have been given first aid and an ex gratia sum of Rs 500 paid to them.

According to information from the government railway police, the train, that had left Mumbai CST around 4:55 am, had reached Kasara station at around 9:30 am and was on its way to Bhusawal. Every train is attached with a banker engine in its rear before it climbs the steep Kasara ghat section to give the train an extra push and also protect it from rolling backwards.

Bhusawal city located on the bank of Tapi river is the biggest taluka of Jalgaon district, and Bhusawal railway junction is one of the largest railway yards in the country.

“The incident occurred when the banker engine was being attached in the rear. The driver of the engine did not follow the guidelines he was supposed to follow and hit the last coach of the train, resulting in injuries,” Central Railway's Mumbai additional divisional railway manager AK Tiwari told HT.

According to the police, while 21 passengers were given first aid at Igatpuri railway hospital, two seriously injured women were taken to Nashik Civil Hospital for treatment.

“We will initiate an inquiry into the matter and find out the cause of the accident,” Tiwari assured.

What is a banker engine?

A banker is a locomotive that assists in hauling a train up a steep gradient. A banker is attached to the rear of the train and pushes the train from the rear while the normal locomotive of the train pulls it as usual from the front.

The safety requirements for train operation set forth by the Commissioner of Rail Safety forbid operating passenger trains on steep gradients without bankers.

First Published: Nov 01, 2006 00:58 IST