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Dec 08 2016 (20:45)  Alert railway officials avert goods train accident (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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NASHIK: An alert group of railway officials spotted a mechanical failure on time and averted derailment of goods train bogey at Murtizapur railway station in the Bhusawal division on Tuesday midnight.
A wheel of the train coming from Korba and on way to Gujarat had jumped the tracks, just when the emergency brakes were applied from derailing following a quick communication between the Murtizapur station deputy superintendent and the guard of the freight carrier.
This stopped the entire bogey from derailing.
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the train passed by the station at 00.02 hours, deputy station superintendent Manoj Sontakke noticed a hanging tank (auxiliary reservoir) on one of the coaches. This would have been a big threat to the wheels. Sontakke immediately signalled 'red' to guard Vikas Kumar Gupta, who wasted no time communicating with the loco pilot and applied emergency brakes.
The combined effort of all resulted in halting the train in not time. "This was indeed a very quick reaction by all the people involved in the safety of trains running across. An accident was avoided," senior divisional operations manager Narpat Singh said.
In a cascading effect, trains heading to Bhusawal from Nagpur were stopped at respective stations . "The trains twere stopped and realigning of the coach was carried out. At 2.50am, the goods train left the spot after which the traffic resumed. There was some delay for the trains, but by Wednesday evening all schedule was near normal," a senior railway official from Bhusawal said.
Another senior official said mechanical failures could be avoided and the railways needs to stress on it. "Lack of staff for is a big challenge and this takes toll on the overall performance of the railways," the official said.The Central Railway's Bhusawal division has been on an alert against circumstances that can lead to accidents and had in November detected 10 fractures on tracks near Niphad and Ghoti railway stations, higher than 6 identified during the same month last year.
Monitoring of the tracks to spot the fractures was intensified in October. Besides, an officer from Manmad visits Igatpuri and returns with data on instances related to the safety of the passengers and the trains as part of the exercise.
During the special patrolling, each trackman is allotted a 1.5-km stretch that he has to cover and return to the point of origin after taking note of everything that has to be repaired. He is held responsible for raising alert instantly if anything unnatural is found on the tracks.
An officer said the cracks were the result of the variation between the maximum and minimum temperatures. He said, "The temperature difference was anywhere between 15 and 21 degrees celsius. This causes cracks in the tracks. The manual patrolling has been intensified, especially during the night time."
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