Train drivers in West Bengal have another hazard to look out for when using railways through the forest: elephants! Two videos show patient drivers giving the wandering jumbos time to get across the tracks before the trains proceed. In one, the alert pilots of a train stopped the engine to facilitate an elephant crossing the tracks in eastern India's West Bengal. The incident took place on a railway track between Nagrakata and Chalsa on May 29. Reports credited Loco Pilot AK Misra and Assistant Loco Pilot Abishek Shaw of train 15468, Bamanhat-Siliguri Special, with the swift action to preserve both elephant and passenger safety. In another clip from West Bengal, a train stopped to let an elephant pass on May 29. The train was the SGUJ-Alipurduar Jn Intercity train travelling between Gulma and Sivok. That time it was drivers Jitendra Kumar and S Kundu that paused the train's progress just in time to let the pachyderm pass. The animal was then seen walking into the forest after crossing the tracks.
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