A day once a pantograph of a train at Vashi railway station caught hearth once a handbag was flung thereon, records show the Central Railway (CR) has been battling with similar incidents since the start of this year. It concerned belts, mobile earpiece wires, bags, TV dishes, clothes among other things. The pantograph on the roof of a train collects power through contact with an overhead line.
Since january 2019, the suburban services of cr are delayed over 600 times with 250 cancellations in twenty such cases.
“It may be a problem once the train passes through a dense town. With homes close to the railway tracks, many times, a lot of things fall on the overhead wires leading to disruption of services,” a senior cr official same, on condition of anonymity.
He same these disruptions also cause a delay within the inject services, because it is tough to bring back trains on the timetable once they lose track.