New Delhi: India’s fastest train Vande Bharat Express -or Train 18 suffered yet another damage after being hit by a flying ballast on Saturday. The main driver’s screen and several windows of the train broke when the Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express, crossing on the adjoining line had a cattle run over, said the Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of Northern Railways.
The flying ballast hit the driver’s windscreen and one each side outer glasses of windows of coach numbers C4, C6, C7, C8, C13 and two glass panes of C12.
“The enroute damage was assessed by the travelling technical team on board the Vande Bharat Express on sight and after careful examination, the train was found fit, so it carried on its onward journey to its destination station at its normal speed. The train has since then reached New Delhi railway station at 11.05 PM,”an official statement from the Northern Railways read.
Earlier on February 20, the Vande Bharat Express had hit a motorcycle near Prayagraj. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. The incident occurred hours after stones were hurled at the train near Tundla in Uttar Pradesh.
This was the semi-high speed train’s third commercial run after it started operations on February 17.
The Vande Bharat Express was flagged off from New Delhi Railway Station by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15, while commercial operations began on February 17. A day ahead of the commencement of operations, the return journey of Vande Bharat Express was disrupted for over an hour.
The train made at a cost of around Rs 97 crore, has been plagued by issues since its trial runs commenced in November last year. It had suffered damage to its window panes when stones were hurled on it on two occasions previously.
Last year, during a trial run between Delhi and Agra in December, stones were hurled at the train. A similar incident occurred earlier that month too.