LAHORE The employees of the Pakistan Railways stopped the departure of several trains from Lahore on Tuesday while protesting against the non-payment of salaries. Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the main station for hours during the protest. The technical staff, led by the Railways union leaders, shouted slogans against the management, saying the delay in their salaries has turned into a permanent problem for them. Later, the passengers also joined the protest. More than 15 locomotives were grounded at the Diesel Engine Shed in Lahore by the technical staff. The employees said that that they had not been paid their wages that were due to be paid on February 15.The trains whose engines were grounded include The Rail-car, Fareed Express, Tezgam, Night Coach and Karakoram Express. However, the railways spokesman Mohsin said the payment of salaries was delayed due to the 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal holiday and the employees were insured salaries after the holyday as the banks would reopen on Thursday. It was worth to mention here that the protest of the employees against the non payment of salaries has become a routine as the cash stricken utility has no funds for buying fuel to even run the trains.