Train services delayed as locomotive engineers adhere to safety regulations

Train services delayed as locomotive engineers adhere to safety regulations

Written by Bella Dalima

10 May, 2014 | 10:47 pm

Delay in train services were reported on Saturday as well as locomotive operators continue to operate trains in accordance with safety regulations.

The Railway Control Room said the Ruhunu Kumari, Galu Kumari, Sagarika and Rajarata Rajina trains which ply on the coastal railway line were delayed on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, the Railway Control Room said that the special train which travels from Nanu Oya to Colombo along the upcountry railway line derailed on Friday night, causing a delay in the night mail. The special train bound to Colombo from Nanu Oya derailed at around 10.55 p.m. between Hatton and Rosella, in close proximity to the 105.5 mile post.

The Railway Control Room said that preliminary investigations into the incident are underway, adding that the derailment occurred while returning to Colombo after dropping off a group foreign tourists at the Nanu Oya Railway Station.

The Control Room added that they were able to put the train back on the track at around 4.40 on Saturday morning. Several train accidents were reported  over the past few days.

1. On May 7 at around 12.55 a.m. a train transporting fuel bound to Fort, Colombo from Galle collided with a stationary train at the Aluthgama Railway Station.

2. Sixty eight people were injured when two trains collided with each other at the Pothuhera Railway station on April 30.

Meanwhile, the driver of the night train travelling from Fort, Colombo to Chillaw was assaulted on May 9 by a group of persons at the railway station located at the Katunayake Free Trade Zone.

According to the police. a suspect was arrested in connection to the assault and remanded till the May 16 after being produced before the Negombo Magistrate’s Court.

The Railway Control Room said that the train had departed from Fort, Colombo an hour later than the scheduled time.



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