Alert labourer averts train mishap

A labourer found around 150 pandrol clips missing from railway tracks and alerted motorman of a Katwa-bound local near Balgona station in Burdwan.

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2011, 21:32 PM IST

Burdwan (WB): Hundreds of commuters had a
close shave on Thursday when an alert contract labourer found around
150 pandrol clips missing from railway tracks and alerted
motorman of a Katwa-bound local near Balgona station in
Burdwan.

Railway sources said as railway contract labourer Manab
Pramanik spotted that the clips were missing, he immediately
brought it to the notice of gangman Manas Pramanik standing
nearby.

With the 52301 UP Balgona-Katwa local fast approaching,
the duo started frantically waving a red flag and the diesel
loco motorman halted the three-bogie train, just few metres
from the loosened tracks.

The incident led to hour-long disruption in the narrow
gauge section, from 7:45 am to 8:50 am, under Howrah-Burdwan
division of Eastern Railway, in the peak morning hours, the
sources said.

There are seven/eight stations in the narrow gauge
section between Balgona and Katwa.

PTI