Two Trackmen avert a major Railway Disaster
Two Trackmen of Lumding Division namely Sibnath Yadav and Tamal Das whose alertness and prompt action helped avert a major accident.
Yadav and Das both are Track Maintainers under Lumding Division and were on night track duty between km Nailalung and Longcholiet stations. At about 11.52 PM they heard sound of opening of clips for fastening rails to sleepers. They also saw about four-five miscreants with torch lights in the area. On accosting them, they were asked to leave the site and also threatened with dire consequence. They went back towards Nailalung from where they communicated with the Senior Section Engineer, P.Way, Diphu and narrated the incident. On receiving information the Senior Section Engineer immediately informed the Divisional control room.
The Senior Section Engineer along with RPF security staff and nine other trackmen started from Diphu for the site in the light engine detached from the said train. On reaching the site they found about 15 nos. of Pandrol clips missing inside of outer rails and 20 nos. of Pandrol clips were also found open and scattered in the same location. The track was repaired immediately and declared fit at 02:35 AM of 3rd February, 2017.
The two workers were awarded by General Manager, NFR, Chahatey Ram with a citation a cash award at Lumding yesterday. The passage of any train on the track with missing track fittings would have resulted in major derailment.