According to the Central Railway, the Neral-Matheran tiny gauge “toy train” would continue to be stopped from June 10 until October 15 due to safety concerns.
According to a Central Railway announcement, shuttle services between Matheran and Aman Lodge, the station nearby Dasturi Point beyond which cars are not permitted, will continue to run during the monsoon.
Between Matheran and Aman Lodge stations, six pairs of daily normal passenger trains and one “material special” service will run from Monday through Friday.
There will be two more unique shuttle services available on the weekends.
On June 3, at about 5.30 pm, the train was traveling from Matheran to Neral when one of the engine’s wheels derailed close to Jumma Patti station, around 95 kilometers from Mumbai, according to a CR official.
The event happened the day after the terrible quadruple train catastrophe in Odisha, which claimed the lives of 278 people.
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There were 90 to 95 people onboard the toy train as it departed Matheran at approximately 4 o’clock, but according to the spokeswoman, none of them were hurt as a result of the engine derailing.
Around 9 o’clock, the train derailed, and by 10.30 o’clock, it had been hauled back to Neral station, which is at the base of the Matheran hills.
The last train from Neral to Matheran had to be canceled as a result of the event.
The toy train travels slowly, and if a coach derails, support personnel may need to manually lift the coach and place it back on the tracks.
One of India’s few mountain railways, the Neral-Matheran train route has been in operation for more than a century.
The scenic valley is traversed by the 21-km narrow gauge railway while Matheran, a hill station, watches above it.
Source- mid day