Kolkata: Train services on the Howrah-
Kharagpur section of the South Eastern Railway was affected
after the overhead traction wire snapped between Haur and
Radhamohanpur Halt stations this morning.
SER sources said the wires snapped when the Up
Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express was passing between the two
stations at 7.30 am. The train was later towed to Kharagpur
with a diesel engine.
The Howrah-Borbil Janshatabdi Express, which was running
behind the Dhauli Express, was also stopped and towed to
Kharagpur with a diesel engine, they said.
The reason for the snapping of the wire was not
immediately clear, the sources said.
As a result, eight long-distance trains, including the
Howrah-Mumbai Duronto Express, Howrah-Titlagarh Ispat Express,
the Howrah-Secundrabad Falaknama Express, Shalimar- Santaldih
Aranyak Express and the Shalimar-Bankura Rajya Rani Express,
were stopped at various stations.
While seven EMU locals have been cancelled, five were
short-terminated, the sources said.
While traffic was being maintained in the Down line, the
Up line was expected to be restored by this afternoon.
Rail traffic in the SER`s Kharagpur-Bhubaneswar line
remained affected for several hours yesterday after a truck
hit a level crossing pole and snapped the overhead traction at