Vaigai Express held up for nearly two hours

A technical snag in the railway signal system resulted in detention of four trains —Vaigai Express, Rameswaram passenger, Shencottah passenger and Mysore-Tuticorin Express — for over 100 minutes at the Madurai railway junction on Monday morning.

The entire signalling system conked out at 6.25 a.m. minutes before the Chennai-bound Vaigai Superfast Express could chug out of the station. It was found that the signal panel stopped functioning owing to problem in the electricity supply. As a result, the signal and the points could not be operated, a railway official said.

Following the signal failure, the Mysore-Tuticorin Express was detained at Koodal Nagar railway station, while the other three trains, originating from Madurai, could not leave the station. “Operating the train with manual signal is laborious as every point in the junction has to be clamped physically to ensure safety. However, we managed to move the Madurai-Rameswaram passenger train with manual signal owing to favourable signal position,” the official added.

After the signal and telecom officials set right the problem at around 8.30 a.m., the other trains were operated.

Many passengers, who had made reservation for onward journey, were worried over the delay of 1 hr and 45 minutes of Vaigai Express, fearing that they might miss the connecting trains from Chennai Central, a railway official said.

While the passenger trains were detained for nearly one hour, the Mysore-Tuticorin Express was held up for 30 minutes.

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