Delhi: Driverless Locomotive Rolls Down Tracks At Anand Vihar Railway Station

Delhi: Driverless Locomotive Rolls Down Tracks At Anand Vihar Railway Station

A shutdown, driverless diesel locomotive on Saturday rolled down the tracks before derailing at Anand Vihar railway station in Delhi. The driver of the train has been suspended for alleged negligence and an inquiry has been ordered. The incident comes a week after 22 coaches of an express train travelled 10 km without it’s engine in Odisha.

The incident reportedly happened around 2:33 PM, when the diesel loco suddenly started rolling down the tracks at Anand Vihar station. The possible cause for the incident is the failure of the hand-brake, a Northern Railway spokesman said.

“It rolled for about 40 m and derailed at a point on the East end of the line by three wheels. All movements are safe and other train movements are normal. The driver has been suspended and an inquiry has been ordered,” he said.

Hand-brake is applied from within the locomotive when it is shut down and “parked”.

“There are dozens of locos that are shut down everyday and parked with their hand-brakes applied and no untoward incident happens if the handbrakes are gripping the wheels correctly,” an officer explained.

Earlier on April 6, in a similar incident, 22 coaches of the Ahmedabad-Puri Express with passengers on board travelled 10 km without an engine in Balangir district of Odisha, apparently because the skid-brake on the wheels was not applied by the staff. Seven railway employees were suspended following the incident. Read More

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