BANGKOK – The locomotive of a luxury train carrying about 200 mostly European tourists caught fire as it was leaving a station in western Thailand, but no one was hurt.
The Bangkok Post website cited Police Maj. Sukhon Rat-iam as saying the accident occurred Sunday morning as the Eastern & Oriental Express was leaving the station at Kanchanaburi. It's the site of World War II's infamous "Death Railway" depicted in the 1957 movie "Bridge on the River Kwai."
The train's engineers stopped the train when smoke started pouring from the engine, then had the coaches detached and pulled back to the station.
Police said the locomotive was about 30 years old, and the fire appeared to have been caused by leaking diesel fuel.