Here’s Why It Is Impossible For The Driver To Stop The Train Even After Seeing People On The Track


India is home to one of the largest rail networks in the world. The Indian Railways is the source of employment for many people in this nation and one of the most important spaces for employment is that of an engine driver. As you would be aware, every train has an engine that pulls the other boogies and because the train journeys often last more than 12 hours, it is difficult for the same man to drive the engine.

Hence, there is a provision where multiple drivers work in the same engine and the shift changes help the Indian Railways in conducting journeys of more than 48 hours. Since millions of people use this mode of transport in a year, being an engine driver is a very responsible job.

Not only does the driver need to take care of the railway crossings and route but he also needs to ensure that all the passengers on the train have a safe journey. Speaking of the most recent accident that transpired in Maharashtra, a horrifying mishap took place in Jalna on 8th May.

A few laborers were sleeping on the railway tracks passing through Jalna and unfortunately, a freight train ran over them. So, here a question has raised in everyone’s minds and that is why did the train drivers did not stop the train despite seeing the laborers on the road.


First, have a look at the message that the Ministry of Railways issued:

‘This morning, seeing some workers sleeping on the tracks, the loco pilaya of the goods train tried to stop the train, but finally could not stop. The incident occurred between Badnapur and Karamad station in Parbhani-Manmad section. The injured have been taken to Aurangabad Civil Hospital. Inquiries have been ordered.”

The loco pilots are the ones who have the duty of running an engine for continuous six hours. Similar accidents have happened in the past. Hence, a media publication named ‘The Lallantop’ spoke to the loco pilots about these accidents.
The publication came to know that there are things called normal brakes and emergency brakes in an engine. The loco pilots use the first type of brakes as per the original plans to stop the train. They use the second type in emergency situations only. However, the train takes a few moments to stop.
Hence, even if the loco pilots see some object coming in front of their vehicles, they can’t stop it immediately. As per the sources, after the loco pilot applies the emergency brakes, the train travels 1-1.2 km before stopping. Even the passengers would have witnessed this on the railway stations that the trains take a lot of time to stop.
Also, applying the brakes in an engine is a very tough job and it is not so simple as a two-wheeler or a four-wheeler.