Matheran toy train derails for third time in 30 days


Services hit for 2 hours, no casualties

At the peak of the vacation season, the Matheran toy train services were hit for over two hours on Monday after three of its coaches got derailed. Nobody was hurt in the incident, which took place at 3.15 p.m.

Three coaches affected

The Matheran Hill Railway runs the daily toy train service between Aman Lodge and Matheran Station. The toy train has derailed twice this month and Monday’s incident was the third.

Central Railway officials said three coaches of the toy train derailed during the shunting process. Minutes before it derailed, the toy train had ferried passengers from Aman Lodge to Matheran station.

“After returning to Matheran station at 3 p.m, the empty rake was on its way from platform 2 to platform 1. A few wheels of the three coaches derailed. Nobody was hurt or injured in the incident,” V. Chandrashekhar, senior public relations officer, Central Railway, said. The restoration process took over two hours and the service resumed at 5 p.m. “An inquiry at the appropriate level has been ordered into the incident,” Mr. Chandrashekhar said.

In May 2016, the service was suspended after two derailments. In October 2017, the train services were revived, and full services resumed on January 26, 2018. While the service was shut during the monsoon, the train derailed two days after it resumed in October.

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