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The toy train service to Matheran, which was suspended in May this year after two derailments, is expected to resume in March. Twenty six coaches and three engines that ply on the Neral-Matheran route have already been fitted with air brakes, and upgradation of tracks between Aman Lodge and Matheran is already underway. “We hope to finish the repair and maintenance work on the Aman Lodge-Matheran section by February end,” said a senior officer from the Central Railway.
The toy train service was suspended after the train derailed on May 1and May 8 this year, and a committee was appointed to probe it. The trains were dependent on manual braking, and the train’s six brake porters had to apply them in sync
to halt the train. “The new air brakes are controlled by a switch, and much easier to deploy,” said the senior official. The suspension of the services has severely impacted the tourism-dominated economy of Matheran.
“There are no technical problems between Aman Lodge and Matheran, because the gradients and curves on this stretch are not critical,” said Subhodh Jain, former general manager of Central Railway.
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