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Shimla-bound Himalayan Queen's engine catches fire; probe ordered

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

The engine of a Shimla-bound Himalayan Queen toy train caught fire between and railway stations in Himachal Pradesh's district Tuesday afternoon, railway officials said.

About 200 passengers travelling in the five reserved and two general coaches of are safe, (DRM) told

"We got the information of the fire at around 2.15 pm and it was put out within about 15 minutes," he said.

The exact cause of the fire is not yet clear, Sharma said, adding that there might be some electric or mechanical fault behind it.

He said a technical inquiry has been ordered into the incident and Senior Divisional would conduct the probe to ascertain the exact cause of the fire.

The Himalayan Queen toy train runs on a narrow gauge track between and Kalka daily. As per its timing, it starts from Kalka in at 12.10 pm and reaches Himachal Pradesh's state capital at 5.30 pm.

However, due to the fire in the engine, it is expected to reach 3.15 hours late at at around 8.45 pm, told

Later, in a press note issued by the stated that prima facie it was found that the engine developed a technical snag due to burning of electrical wires leading to willowing out of smoke from inside the engine room between and stations.

The train was immediately brought to halt by the alert crew and without delay and they informed the control and officers immediately, the press note added.

With the help of fire-fighting equipments, the fire was extinguished within about 15 minutes by loco pilot, and ticket examiner (TTE) of the train.

However, eyewitnesses said some passengers and people residing in the nearby areas also helped a lot in putting out the fire.

The press note stated that the passengers were also cautioned by them.

Due to prompt and accurate planning by control office, the train was pulled to Kumarhatti expeditiously restoring traffic on the section at 3.30 pm.

Suitable award to the staff who exhibited high sense of alertness in handling the situation would be given by the railway administration, the note added.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 20:00 IST