The Vande Bharat Express semi-high-speed train, which has just been put into service for the past three days after hitting cattle, suffered wheel problems on Saturday due to jammed bearings. While previous cattle accidents occurred with trains on the Gandhinagar-Mumbai line, this incident happened with trains running the New Delhi-Varanasi line.
“Train Varanasi Vande Bharat (Train No. 22436) was damaged due to a malfunction in the Traction Engine of Car C8 between North Central Railway’s Dankaur and Wair stations,” officials said.
The bearing jam problem was fixed, however, due to the “flat tire”, passengers had to transfer to a Shatabdi train, running from New Delhi, at Khurja station.
A detailed investigation of the incident will be carried out after the rake is returned to the maintenance depot, officials said.
The Gandhinagar-Mumbai train hit a cow near Anand station in Gujarat on Friday, a day after it hit a herd of buffalo. There was only a dent on the front bumper of the train, and it had to stop for 10 minutes yesterday.
In Thursday’s incident, the train hit four buffaloes and its ‘nose’ cone broke off. The process proceeds after an eight-minute pause, as damage to the nose – a bumper made of fiber-reinforced plastic – is not required to function. Dead animals.
Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has said that such collisions with cattle are inevitable and “this was kept in mind while designing the train”. “Its nose on the front is completely replaceable,” the minister said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged the newly launched train last month and traveled on it from Gandhinagar to Kalupur train station in Ahmedabad.
The train reaches 160 kilometers per hour in just over two minutes and feels more comfortable than other trains, according to the railway.