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Thieves in India steal a locomotive — one piece at a time

By | November 28, 2022

Parts carried out through tunnel under rail yard

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BEGUSARAI, India — Thieves in the state of Bihar stole an entire diesel locomotive, piece by piece, by digging a tunnel into a rail yard and removing parts from the unit awaiting repairs, police said last week.

The Hindu newspaper reports three people were arrested and 13 sacks of locomotive parts were recovered at a scrapyard, according to P.S. Dubey, inspector of the Railway Protection Force in the city of Muzaffarpur.

Police were seeking the owner of the scrapyard. Items recovered included engine parts, wheels of vintage locomotives, and other heavy iron railway parts.

Police said the gang had also been involved in unbolting and stealing parts from steel bridges.

6 thoughts on “Thieves in India steal a locomotive — one piece at a time

  1. Yup, how does one get a locomotive out of a repair yard?

    “One piece at a time …..”

    (somewhere Johnny Cash is smiling on this one ….)

  2. Why, just for scrap value? Did they plan to re-assemble and sell it, if so, why not wait until India Railways had repaired it?

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