Vande Bharat Express: In 24 Hours Of Launch, Train 18 Breaks Down Near Tundla Railway Station

| February 16 , 2019 , 12:57 IST

A day after  Vande Bharat Express was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's first semi-high speed train, ran into trouble on Saturday, leaving it stranded.

Train 18, was returning from Varanasi after its inaugural run and broke down around 15 kilometers from Tundla junction in Uttar Pradesh. It resumed its journey at around 8.15 am, railways said, after being at a halt for almost three hours.

According to media reports, at around 5 am, the power went out in some coaches on the train. Before coming to a halt at Chamrola station, the Vande Bharat Express had slowed down to a sluggish speed of 10 km per hour.

There was also a foul smell and mild smoke which was due to an internal system failure. Due to a deposit in the wheels, the braking system was jammed. Calling it a "mechanical fault in the braking system" the staff said the train made thumping noises when the speed was increased. According to the training staff, the fault has led to the control failures of the air-conditioners.

They said that one of the possible reasons for the snag was the train hitting a cow on the tracks. They further said that the return journey was taking place at night, which is not the normal run time as the train will operate during the day, adding that cattle runs and the possibility of fog are higher at night.

This was not a commercial run. The train was being moved to Delhi for the first commercial run on Sunday. It is already overbooked beyond capacity.

After the terror attack in Pulwama, the government decided to keep the inauguration of the train a simple affair, without any celebrations. Therefore it was devoid and decorations. All celebratory elements were dispensed with at functions planned at stations on the way.

Reportedly, As the train rolled out, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said that by flagging off the train, the country’s fastest, India is sending out a message that that “India’s people and its armed forces do not cow down before terror”.