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A mechanical fault is being blamed for a minor fire that forced the evacuation of a passenger train in the state’s Central West this afternoon.
Emergency services responded to reports of a fire on the Sydney-bound Countrylink ‘Outback Explorer’ train as it approached Manildra, 45km west of Orange, about 4.30pm.
A fault in a braking mechanism generated a lot of heat and smoke. Water was used to douse the affected area.
None of the 142 passengers on the train at the time of the incident was injured; however, one did suffer minor smoke inhalation.
They were assisted onto coaches by police from Canobolas Local Area Command, Rural Fire Service personnel and SES volunteers.
The train will undergo further examination tomorrow but, at this stage, it’s believed the incident was caused by a mechanical fault.
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