VELLORE: Fumes from a coal-laden goods train heading to Mettur Thermal Power Station caused a flutter Gudiyatham railway station on Wednesday morning.
The train was stopped at the station after railway staff noticed the fumes. According to railway sources, the 54-bodie goods train was ferrying coal from Chennai to Mettur Thermal Power Station in Salem. When the train crossed Kavanur station in Katpadi – Gudiyatham section around 8.30 am, railway officials noticed fumes emitting from bogies 12,13 and 14. They immediately alerted the Gudiyatham station.
On information, a team of Gudiyatham fire and rescue service personnel rushed the spot and splashed water on all the coal-filled bogies. Railway officials disconnected power in the over head cables in the meanwhile. Railway officials said coal, being a flammable rock, is usually loaded after dipping it in water.
During the journey, water will be splashed on it as and when it get dried. “There was nothing unusual,” claimed officials. Officials also claimed there was no delay in operation of any trains. Katpadi Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police are investigating the case.