Newly-inaugurated Vande Bharat Express runs into trouble twice while returning Delhi

The semi-high speed train was returning from Varanasi after it was flagged-off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at New Delhi railway station on Friday.

Published: 16th February 2019 09:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2019 12:02 PM   |  A+A-

Vande Bharat Express

Railway engineers inspecting Vande Bharat Express, which broke down due to possible cattle run-over while coming back from Varanasi and travelled at a much slower speed than usual. (Photo | Parveen Negi/ EPS)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI/ TUNDLA: A day after it was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country’s first indigenous semi-high speed train Vande Bharat Express developed technical faults and reached its destination late by several hours.

According to railway officials, the snag happened due to some “external hit”. However, senior officials on-board said it was a malfunction of the brake system that jammed the wheel near Tundla railway station, some 200 km from Delhi.

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The train that can run up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph completed the leftover journey at around 40 kmph.   

The train is scheduled to begin commercial run from Sunday and will cover the distance between New Delhi and Varanasi in 8 hours. The prime minister has flagged off the train Friday and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal along with railways top brass and journalists travelled to Varanasi during the inaugural run.

Railway engineers inspecting Vande Bharat Express, which broke down due to possible cattle run-over while coming back from Varanasi and travelled at a much slower speed than usual. (Photo | Parveen Negi/ EPS)

Developed by the Integral Coach factory, Vande Bharat Express departed from Varanasi around 10:30 pm but its speed slowed down near Tundla Junction. According to people on board, the speed of the train reduced to 10-15 kmph around 5-5:15 am near Chamraula in Uttar Pradesh.

“There was smoke, and the power went off in four coaches. Railway officials tried to fix the fault, but it was taking time. We were asked to shift to another train to complete the rest of the journey to Delhi,” said a journalist on board the train.

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“The Vikramshila Express stopped at Chamraula due to a technical halt and there was a mid-track transfer of occupants of Vande Bharat Express. We reached Anand Vihar Terminal at 10:45 am while the Vande Bharat Express reached at 1 pm,” he said.

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  • Satish

    SY Sick mind celebrates the failure. Even Agni missile failed initialy however persistent efforts paid off. So even vande Bharat express will also achieve same fame. Dear engineers you need to set the example. All the best.
    8 months ago reply
  • Jayakrishnan K

    hey
    8 months ago reply
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