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Wednesday , December 26 , 2012
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Derailment hits railway

- 13 trains cancelled

Dec. 25: Fifteen coal-laden wagons of a goods train derailed in Burdwan this afternoon, blocking rail traffic and leading to the cancellation of several long-distance trains.

Even at 8pm today, work was on to clear the tracks. Railway officials said the wagons carrying coal overturned between Debipur and Boinchi in Burdwan at 12.40pm and damaged the tracks. Train services in the Howrah-Burdwan main line route of Eastern Railway could not be started till late in the night as repairs continued.

The officials said 13 long distance trains such as the Howrah-Delhi Janata Express, Howrah-Malda Express, Howrah-Azimganj Express and Howrah-Rampurhat passenger were cancelled. Several trains were diverted.

“Truncated local train services were run between Bandel and Boinchi and between Memari and Burdwan,” a railway spokesperson said. “The wagons are being removed with cranes. But even after removing them, it will take some time for trains to run as the tracks are severely damaged,” he added.

Many of those inconvenienced were going on vacation. “I was planning a trip with my friends and family members to Burdwan. But we had to cancel it after learning about the derailment,” said Bhaskar Banerjee, a trader from Bandel.

Ashok Paul, a teacher from Memari had gone to Alipore zoo with his family but was stranded at Howrah station on his way back. “I don’t know how to get back home. Trains are the main mode of transport from here,” Paul said.

Railway officials said although truncated services were started in the evening, trains were suspended between Boinchi and Memari, a 12km stretch. Two long-distance trains were stranded within hours of the derailment.

The Howrah-Sri Ganganagar Udyan Abha Toofan Express, which was stranded at Bandel, was drawn back to Howrah and run via the Howrah-Burdwan Chord line.

The Howrah-bound Bagh Express, which reached Memari just after the derailment, was taken back to Burdwan and brought to Howrah through the diverted Chord route.