Forty people give Indian express train a rolling start

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MUMBAI, India — Indian railway officials owe extra thanks to the 40 people who went to track level and pushed an express train into place Thursday evening.

The Times of India reports that the 16-car express train departed Mumbai Central terminal at 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 19, but was held by a stop signal before it reached the higher speed network. The train's impatient engineer did not see that the switch point in front of the train lined to a stub-ended track without catenary and proceeded.

The newspaper cites railway officials saying the rear of the train still faced the stub-end track on the Mumbai station platform — meaning that officials could not get the helper locomotive into position from either direction when the train's electric locomotive died.

That's when officials emptied the train and 40 people pushed the express back to the overhead catenary. Trains were allowed through the track at restricted speed beginning at 9:15 p.m.
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