Numerous passengers on a train from Berlin to Poland waited more than an hour at a small train station because of a breakdown. The train part separated from the front train in the Alt Rosenthal station east of Berlin without the driver noticing, as the operator Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB) announced on Friday. “A clutch came loose when driving off from a stop,” said an NEB spokesman.
The train driver only noticed the breakdown at the next station. He then drove his part of the train, in which 20 to 25 passengers were sitting, back to pick up the rear part of the train. The 70 to 80 forgotten passengers would have had to wait a little more than an hour and a half. The “Märkische Oderzeitung” and the “Berliner Zeitung” had previously reported on it.
“This has never happened before,” said the company spokesman. The journey without a second part of the train also had consequences for other trains: the route was temporarily closed.