The Hush Post | 13:47 | Two-minute read
Just a day after the launch, ‘Vande Bharat Express’ the fastest train broke down on Saturday morning in Tundla Junction, Uttar Pradesh.
The snag occurred while the train was making its way back to national capital, from where it was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
According to the railway officials, the train began making a “weird noise” on Saturday early morning. After which its breaks jammed in one of the trailing coaches. Four coaches turned ‘dead load’, forcing loco pilots to halt.
The officials added that one of the possible reasons for the snag was the train hitting a cow on the tracks. The passengers on board, including railway officials and journalist have been shifted to a different train.
The engineers on board got in touch with principal chief mechanical engineer of the Northern Railway and then the train has been restarted.
The officials further added that the return journey was taking place at night, which is not the normal run time as the train will operate during the day due to cattle runs and possibility of fog are higher at night.
The train’s first commercial run was scheduled on Sunday and after the snag it is uncertain now.
The engineless train, formerly known as train 18, had rolled out of the New Delhi railway station at 11:19 am on Friday for its inaugural journey to Varanasi. It had hit a top speed of 130 km per hours in its first journey.
The railway minister Piyush Goyal had said on the inaugural that this state of the art train will offer a convenient experience to passengers and reduce travel time on the New Delhi-Varanasi route to eight hours compared to 13-14 hours other trains take for the trip.