Derailment of goods train halts services at Tatanagar
Train services were affected in Tatanagar - Chakradharpur and Tatanagar - Kharagpur section of South Eastern Railway due to derailment of an empty rake of a goods train at Tatanagar railway yard in the early hours of Wednesday.
According to railway authorities the derailment took place at around 3.45 am and soon train movement in that section came to a grinding halt.
The derailment caused cancellation, diversion and rescheduling of several trains.
The trains which were cancelled included 68010 Chakradharpur-Tatanagar Passenger, 68006 Tatanagar-Kharagpur Passenger, 68005 Kharagpur-Tatanagar Passenger, 68035 Tatanagar-Hatia-Passenger, 68036 Hatia-Tatanagar Passenger, 78031 Tatangar-Badampahar Passenger and 78032 Badampahar-Tatanagar Passenger
The 08477 Puri-Yog Nagri Rishikesh Special was made to run on a diverted route via Kharagpur-Midnapur-Adra-Chandil-Sini and Chakradharpur.
The 02801 Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Special ran on a diverted route via Kharagpur-Midnapur-Adra and Purulia while the 02517 Howrah-Titlagarh Ispat Special ran diverted route via Kharagpur-Midnapur-Adra-Chandil-Sini and Chakradharpur.
The 02096 Howrah-Mumbai CSMT Special was diverted via Kharagpur-Midnapur-Adra-Chandil-Sini and Chakradharpur while the 03288 Rajendra Nagar-Durg Special ran on a diverted route via Chakradharpur and Jharsuguda.
The 02586 Anand Vihar-Santragachi Special ran on a diverted route via Adra-Midnapur and Kharagpur while 02876 Anand Vihar-Puri Special ran on a diverted route via Adityapur-Chandil-Adra-Midnapur and Hijli.
The 02820 Anand Vihar-Bhubaneswar Special was diverted via Tatanagar-Chandil-Adra- Midnapur and Hijli.
The 02259 Mumbai CSMT-Howrah Special was diverted via Sini-Kandra-Chandil-Adra-Midnapur and Kharagpur.
The 02896 Ranchi-Howrah Special was diverted via Purulia-Adra-Midnapur and Kharagpur while the 02833 Ahmedabad-Howrah Special train ran on a diverted route via Sini-Kandra-Chandil-Adra-Midnapur and Kharagpur.
The 08183 Tatanagar-Danapur Special train was rescheduled by four hours. The train left Tatanagar railway station at 12.15 pm instead of 8.15 am today.
Vijay Kumar Sahu, divisional railway manager ( DRM), Chakradharpur and other senior railway officers rushed to the derailment spot and restoration work began in full swing.
Snacks and water bottles were provided to passengers because the trains in the Kharagpur-Tatanagar section were running behind schedule due to diversion.
For the convenience of the passengers of diverted trains, two 60 seater buses and three SUVs were arranged for travel to Tatanagar from Kandra station by road.
Help desks were also set up at Tatanagar, Chakradharpur and Rourkela railway stations for helping passengers and providing them information about train services.
Railway officials said normal train services were expected to be restored late in the evening.
Chakradharpur railway division also initiated a probe so as to ascertain what led to the derailment.