There was panic and pandemonium among commuters at Dadar station after the motorcoach of a local train caught fire and started bellowing out huge plumes of smoke on Thursday evening. The motor-coach - the one with electrical systems- from the Kalyan end of the S34 local train coming from Karjat to CST had caught fire some moments after it entered platform no six of Dadar station at 5:32pm.
The fire brigade was called in and local railway staff also got down to controlling the fire. The fire was completely a few minutes later but the train continues to remain on platform number 6 leading to the stalling of several fast trains that also use the same line on their way to CST.
"We have diverted five fast trains to other lines so that evening peak hour is not affected. There are no injuries from the fire. A team is heading to Dadar to find out what might have caused the fire on the train," said a senior Central Railway official.
Trains running towards CST are running late and the spill-over is expected to affect the evening peak hour.