SURAT: The heritage Billimora-Waghai narrow gauge train’s engine derailed in the dense forest area at Dungarda village, after it ran off the rail due to some technical reasons on Wednesday afternoon. There has not been any report of casualties.
Passengers, mostly tribal people travelling towards Waghai in Dangs, escaped unhurt when the heritage train going towards Waghai from Billimora derailed near Dungarda.
Official said the derailment occurred near Dungarda village, while approaching Waghai station at about 1:15 pm. The five coaches of the train were on track, while the trolley of the train’s engine derailed.
Station Master of Billimora, BL Bhairwa said, “The train runs on the speed of 20 kilometers. However, the derailment of the engine did not impacted the coaches. Usually, the train is packed with passengers on the week-days as people from Waghai arrive to Billimora for purchase and many arrive here for work”
Bhairwa added, “Our technical teams were rushed to the derailment spot. It took more than seven hours for the workers to lift the engine and put it back on the track. We are investigating the cause of the derailment and that the report will be submitted to the Western Railway (WR) in a day or two”
The heritage Bilimora-Waghai narrow gauge train, a lone mode of long distance travel for the tribal in Dangs, completed 104 years last month.
The 63-km track of this train was laid by the British at the insistence of the Sayajirao Gaekwad in 1913. Initially, the train was supposed to be a part of Gaekwad’s Baroda State Railway (GBSR) which was owned by the Princely State of Baroda which was ruled by the Gaekwad dynasty. The motive behind this track was to keep the connection with the royal state.