A train driver on the tracks between Rukadi and Hatkalangane railway stations on Friday averted a major mishap by applying emergency brakes on time. Pune Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Milind Deuskar said that miscreants had kept iron pieces on railways tracks.
"The train driver averted a major mishap by applying emergency brakes on time as some miscreants had kept iron pieces on railways tracks," said Pune Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Milind Deuskar.
"Iron pieces were found twice on tracks between Rukadi and Hatkalangane railway stations in the past 10 days. Loco pilot saw it at the right time and pulled emergency brakes, averting a major mishap," Mr Deuskar said on Friday.
"In December last year, some children placed steel pieces on rail track in Vathar, derailing 6 wheels of the engine. 8-10 such incidents have taken place so far. Loco pilots averted them, but it is not actually their work. They have other works and we cannot depend on them for safety," he added.
Meanwhile, the railways has decided to replace the Delhi-Allahabad Duronto Express with the Humsafar Express, sources said. The Humsafar express that will replace the Duronto will run four days a week instead of the triweekly run of the superfast train. This will come into effect from September 13, sources in the ministry informed.
The 12275 Allahabad-New Delhi Humsafar Express train will run on every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, while the return train will run on every Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.
The schedule of the new Humsafar express train will remain the same as of the 12275/12276 Allahabad-New Delhi-Allahabad Duronto Express Train.
(With inputs from ANI)