Alert Kovai youth avert train mishap

Published: 16th August 2013 08:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2013 08:47 AM   |  A+A-


Vigilant youngsters at Rakkipalayam here averted a possible railway mishap by waving a red cloth and stopping a train after they found gaps between the rail tracks on Thursday.

It is the duty of the key man in the railway who travel everyday for three kilometre and correct any defects or problems on the railway track.

According to senior railway officials the pandrol clip, which are used to fasten rails to railway sleepers were stripped off when the Blue Mountain train passed over the track to reach Mettupalayam.

The rail is usually left with a small space. During winter and summer season the rails may expand or shrink and uneven rails may cause accident.

Soon after the train passed, few youngsters, nearby found the track dislodged and stopped the Mettupalayam-Coimbatore passenger train by waving a red cloth and alerting the railway authorities, said Chandran, a passenger travelling in the train.

Senior section engineer and key man arrived at the spot and corrected the problem. The train stopped for about 20 minutes and the services wee resumed after the problems were rectified, he added.  


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp