Train to Katra Stuck in Tunnel Due to Engine Failure

Train to Katra Stuck in Tunnel Due to Engine Failure : The newly introduced direct train to Katra, the base camp of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir, was stuck in a tunnel for an hour this morning due to engine failure near the Katra Railway Station.

The fully air conditioned super fast train Shri Shakti Express from New Delhi to Katra was on its second run when the incident took place about five kilometres before the station. (Also read: New Train for Vaishno Devi Pilgrims That PM Flagged Off Today: 10 Facts)

The train was launched a day earlier from New Delhi. (Also read: Daily Train to Katra Starts From Tomorrow)

Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Ferozepur Division, under which the rail network in Jammu and Kashmir falls, N C Goyal told PTI in Chandigarh that the train had reached Katra at 7 am against the scheduled arrival time of 5:10 am.

Railway sources told PTI that the train was stuck in a tunnel, about five kilometers before its destination of Katra, due to engine failure.

Since Katra is a new station from where train services were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently, another engine was rushed from Udhampur. (Also read: PM Modi in Jammu and Kashmir, Flags Off First Katra-Udhampur Train)

Mr Goyal said he was awaiting the details of the delay and the engine failure, but added that the train reached its destination about 100 minutes behind schedule.

The train was already running late by around 35 minutes before being delayed by another hour.

Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma confirmed that the train was stuck due to “engine failure”.

“There was no problem in the tunnel or the line. Another engine was pressed into service to carry forward the journey,” he said.

Train to Katra Stuck in Tunnel Due to Engine Failure

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