Matheran jinx: Toy train derails

Mumbai: A coach of Matheran toy train – the Neral-Aman Lodge service — derailed on Sunday afternoon, but thankfully no casualties were reported in the mishap. The Central Railway has ordered an enquiry into the incident. SK Jain, DRM of Mumbai Division of CR, confirmed that an enquiry has been ordered.

According to a Central Railway official, the derailment occurred within a minute of the train’s departure from Aman Lodge. The matter was addressed and the tack is ‘safe and normal’. No injury was reported. The toy train had resumed on October 19 after its services were stopped due to monsoon. At present, six coaches of train are being operated.

Despite the setbacks, the CR is planning to run an additional eight-coach toy train, once the Commissioner for Railway Safety gives its approval.The Research Design and Standards Organisation had conducted a trial of the eight coach train last month. There is steep climb between Neral and Aman Lodge, hence the railway is conducting trials to ascertain whether it can negotiate the entire route with eight coaches or not.

A total of 22 services are being operated from Saturday to Sunday between Matheran and Neral. The composition of toy train is one first class coach, three second class coaches and two brake vans.

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