Hyderabad, Mar 5: An incident of fire in pantry car of Train No 12890 Yesvantapur – Tatanagar Express occurred at around 1.47 am on Tuesday near Gollaprolu Railway Station on the Rajahmundry –Visakhapatnam section of Vijayawada Division.
Upon noticing the flames, the onboard railway staff brought the train immediately to halt at Gollaprolu. Action was immediately taken to detach the Pantry Car from other compartments on both the sides of the affected train by 2am so as to ensure that the fire does not spread and all passengers remain safe.
As a precaution, one coach of the train (S1 Coach) adjacent to the pantry car was also detached, a South Central Railway (SCR) statement here said. Simultaneously, information was relayed to the local fire authorities and a fire engine rushed to the spot by about 2.10am to extinguish the fire. In the meanwhile, the overhead electrical equipment (Overhead Power Supply for Electric Locomotives) was switched off as a safety measure and train services in both the directions were stopped.
A Railway Medical Relief Van and Accident Relief Train were dispatched to Gollaprolu from Rajahmundry. Senior Officials of Vijayawada Division also rushed to the spot to undertake restoration measures on war footing and bring about normalcy in train operations. The entire section (both up and down Railway Lines) were restored for normal train movements by 6am. The affected train later continued on its journey, with a coach planned to be attached at Visakhapatnam to accommodate the passengers of S1 coach of the train.
Mr Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, South Central Railway personally monitored the situation each minute from SCR’s headquarters at Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad before air dashing to the spot of the fire mishap to take a firsthand account of the incident and review the steps taken for bringing about normal train movements at the earliest.UNI