Vande Bharat Express, India’s fastest train broke down on Saturday morning, a day after it was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The broke down around 200 km outside Delhi,15km away from Tundla junction in Uttar Pradesh.
Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 resumed its journey at around 8.15 am, after being at a halt for almost three hours, Railways said.
Much before the train came to a dead halt, the last coaches of the Train 18 started making a rattling sound. Suspicious loco pilots decreased the speed and then smoke was noticed and a foul smell was felt in the last four coaches. Power went out in all the coaches and the engineers restarted the train at 10 kmph.
“It was a case of skidding wheels after the train ran over a cattle. Engineers are looking into it,” Northern Railway CPRO Deepak Kumar said.The passengers on the train,including the railway officials and journalists were shifted into another train.
The train 18 or Vande Bharat Express became India’s fastest train hitting speeds over 180 kmph during trial run in Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route.
This incident however created an uncertainty in its Sunday’s first commercial run.