Smoke was seen coming out of one of the motor coaches in a CST-Panvel local train near Masjid station; over 20 trains en route Panvel were cancelled
In just a week since the upgradation of power from 1,500-V DC to 25,000-V AC on Central Railway (CR) Harbour line, the new system has already run into trouble.
Commuters waiting for the train to arrive on the Harbour line
An overheated motor coach of a CST-Panvel local started billowing smoke around 5.20 pm on Friday as soon as it crossed Masjid station.
In a 12-car train, there are four motor coaches, each powering two trailer coaches.
The overheating led to a unit failure, shutting down 20 train services bound for Panvel. To go to Panvel, commuters had to take the main line to reach Kurla, where they could interchange.
Hundreds of commuters were inconvenienced as the services were cancelled.
To CR officials, the service disruption was no big deal. A CR official said that such disruptions are a regular affair and the problem was rectified by 7 pm.
What’s in store on Sunday
>> Services to Vashi / Belapur /Panvel leaving CST from 11.21am to 3.45pm
>> Services from Panvel / Belapur/Vashi to CST from 9.52am to 2.32pm
>> Harbour line services to Bandra / Andheri leaving CST from 9.40am to 5.37 pm
>> Harbour line services to CST from Bandra / Andheri from 9.48am to 6.04pm
Brace for more troubles
An eight-hour jumbo block has been planned on the Harbour line for Sunday for work on extending platforms to accommodate 12-car trains. This will be done at the Mahim station from 10am to 6pm on both up and down Harbour lines. The last down Harbour-line train will leave CST at 9.25am and reach Andheri at 10.09am. The last up Harbour line train will leave Andheri at 9.37am. There will also be a mega block between CST and Chunabhatti from 11.10 am to 3.40 pm.