Train services were disrupted for a short while in the Sealdah South section of Eastern Railway after smoke billowing from the engine of a local train was noticed.
The smoke was noticed at 10.28 am, according to the Eastern Railway city office. The smoke billowing from the engine of the rake was said to be noticed by passengers in Sealdah- Lakshmikantapur local train at Shasan Road railway station in Sealdah South section. The sight triggered panic among the commuters and other visitors at the railway station who feared a fire in the engine.
According to sources, the rake was held back for a few minutes and the guard rushed to address the problem. The engine of the rake was checked and the issue was addressed. The services in this part of the zonal railway were disrupted for about 10 minutes following the billowing of smoke from the engine.
According to the Eastern Railway officials, the smoke, however, was not due to fire as was feared by many. The reason for the smoke coming out of the engine was due to brake binding.
Meanwhile, the South Eastern Railway has decided to run two pairs of Special Trains between Santragachi-Digha from today following high demand. According to the zonal railway, the special train includes two AC chair car, 12 chair car and two general second class coaches. It is scheduled to have stoppages at Uluberia, Bagnan, Mecheda, Tamluk and Kanthi stations between Santragachi and Digha.