Six Rajdhani Train Coaches Gutted
Six empty coaches of two Rajdhani trains were gutted at New Delhi railway station’s maintenance yard.
Six empty coaches of two Rajdhani trains were gutted at the New Delhi railway station’s maintenance yard.
Services of four trains including three Rajdhani Express were affected, prompting authorities to order a high level inquiry into the incident.
Empty rakes of the Bhubaneswar and Sealdah Rajdhani were parked in the washing line for maintenance and cleaning when the fire started at around 12.15 pm, the Northern Railways said. Nobody was injured in the blaze, which was brought under control after Delhi Fire Services dispatched 18 fire tenders to the spot.
Due to accumulation of smoke in the coaches, it took us around two hours to douse the fire. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained as the investigation is on. The fire started in two coaches of Bhubaneswar Rajdhani. The Sealdah Rajdhani was parked on the adjoining line and four coaches of this train also caught fire.
– AK Sharma, Director of Delhi Fire Services
Following the incident, train operations were affected at the New Delhi railway station. Several trains approaching the station were halted midway as power supply to the overhead electrical line was switched off as a precautionary measure.
Two AC coaches of Bhubaneswar Rajdhani and four coaches, including the pantry car, of the Sealdah Rajdhani were damaged. Railway staff on the spot had unhitched the affected coaches from the rest to prevent the fire from spreading.
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