Ramakanta Biswas

Technical glitches continue to play the spoilsport for the newly-launched toy train service at the Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) in Bhubaneswar with the joyride ending abruptly midway due to engine breakdown on Wednesday. 

According to sources, the eco-friendly toy train at the Zoo stopped midway after developing technical snags. Following the breakdown, the service was cut short during today’s last ride.

Several visitors onboard the toy train were stranded after the technical snag made the vehicle come to a grinding halt. They were later shifted by zoo authorities to battery operated vehicles. 

The zoo authorities released a statement saying the train halted at 4 pm during the sixth and last ride with around 60 visitors and couldn't not got restarted immediately.

“All the visitors were brought back by bus and after some minor repairs the train was brought to the station,” the zoo authorities said in the statement.

The authorities informed that dry run of the toy train will be conducted tomorrow in the first half without visitors and decision will be taken on the running of the train with visitors after assessment of the condition.

“RITES higher authority has been asked to send an expert team to reassess the train at the earliest and if problem persists it will be asked to replace the engine,” the authorities added.

Notably, the eco-friendly toy train facility chugged off in the Nandankanan zoo on Tuesday. The toy train was launched with much fanfare on October 8 after a gap of nearly 8 years. However, the engine of the train caught fire during a ride on October 15 following an alleged short circuit in the battery.