Punalur:  In a trial run, a railway engine plied on the newly built broad gauge line of Edaman-Punalur on Thursday.  The engine run was conducted well before the safety run that was slated for Tuesday. The engine operated on the route and took 12 minutes to reach Edaman from Punalur, starting at 11.30 in the morning and covering 40-60 kms at a normal speed to reach Edaman. This is the second trial run on the route.

On the return journey, it took the same time to reach Punalur. The trial run of the engine was conducted under the supervision of deputy chief engineer (constructions) M R Mohan. The first trial run took place last October.

During the first trial run, the train took half-an-hour to cover 8 kms at a speed of 20 kms /hour.  Chief safety commissioner held a safety inspection on the track before the trial run. It was only after the safety officer gave the go ahead, the trial run was operated yesterday.

Of the 45-km long Punalur-Chengotta stretch, only 8 kms between Punalur to Edaman was okayed for the engine run.  The line was first a metre gauge line and was made broad gauge in 2010.