Staff Reporter

KARUR: The diesel locomotive of the Kumbakonam-Mysore Express developed a snag, causing a delay of over two hours off the Ranganathapuram level-crossing near here in the wee hours of Saturday.

Driver Yesaiayan and his assistant Kalidas found the wireless communication disturbed and hence tried to contact the officials at the Karur Junction over BSNL line as the train had stopped midway between Mayanur and Manavasi stations, but could not reach the telephone (No. 04324-274 106) at the station manager's room. Frantically, with the help of the president of the Train Travellers' Welfare Association at Karur, S. Nandakumar, who happened to travel in that train, they were able to contact the personnel at the information centre at the Karur Junction who informed the station manager and others.

Then another diesel locomotive was rushed from Erode while the railway staff were dispatched by road. After a delay of about two-and-a-half-hours, the train pulled into Karur Junction by around 1-50 a.m.