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Wheel in Pamban Railway bridge breaks, train services affected

Press Trust of India  |  Rameswaram(TN) 

A wheel in the century-old railway bridge broke Tueday leading to cancellation of from this holy island, officials said.

The wheel gave away this evening, they said adding maintenance work was underway.

A Southern Railway press release said train number 16852 RameswaramChennai Egmore Express scheduled to leave at 5.40 p.m has been partially cancelled between and Mandapam in view of "urgent maintenance work".

It would leave at 9 p.m, the release added.

The bridge connecting to the mainland suffered a snag last month when an iron rope snapped, affecting movement of ships through it.

The Scherzer span, named after the German William Donald Scherzer, is a rolling lift that helps the bridge open up to allow ships to pass.

Constructed in one of the most corrosive environments of the world, the bridge needs continuous maintenance of its metallic parts.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 19:15 IST