Stone train de­rails

Sec­ond de­rail­ment in nine years at East Som­er­set Jct

Rail (UK) - - Front Page - Richard Clin­nick As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­ @Clin­nick1

SIX loaded ag­gre­gate wag­ons, each car­ry­ing 98 tonnes of stone, were de­railed at East Som­er­set Junc­tion at 1750 on March 20.

There were no in­juries as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent, and no other trains were in the area at the time. How­ever, the ac­ci­dent caused the main Read­ing to Taun­ton line to be closed for 48 hours.

Net­work Rail did not say why the 1705 Mere­head-Ac­ton Yard de­railed, but RAIL un­der­stands there was a re­ported loss of brak­ing con­ti­nu­ity. The 3,700- tonne stone train was mov­ing from the W275 sig­nal onto the Up Main Line to­wards W77 sig­nal when the brake ap­pli­ca­tion ap­plied.

Se­vere dam­age was caused to the track and equip­ment in the ac­ci­dent. The line was closed be­tween West­bury and Cas­tle Cary as a re­sult.

The train was 38 wag­ons long

and formed of a mix­ture of HOA/ IIA and JHAs, and hauled by 59001 Yeo­man En­deav­our.

The Class 59 and the first 21 wag­ons re­mained on the track, while wag­ons 22 and 23 were de­tached from the train, but while wag­ons 24 to 29 were de­railed at var­i­ous an­gles.

The 24th wagon in the for­ma­tion ended up lean­ing to­wards the Down Main. The re­main­ing nine wag­ons (30 to 38) re­mained on the track and were to be taken back to Mere­head. Sev­eral of the wag­ons are un­der­stood to have been badly dam­aged.

Re­cov­ery in­volved send­ing a DB-op­er­ated crane from Wi­gan on March 21. The line was due to re­open as this is­sue of RAIL went to press, with trains di­verted via Bath and Bris­tol. Pas­sen­gers us­ing Great Western Railway trains were also di­verted to South West Trains ser­vices.

Two Class 59s were de­railed at the same East Som­er­set Junc­tion lo­ca­tion on Novem­ber 10 2008.


Six wag­ons from a 38-wagon train were de­railed in the ac­ci­dent at East Som­er­set Junc­tion on March 20, al­though not all ended up on their sides.


Sig­nif­i­cant dam­age was caused to the track and sig­nalling around East Som­er­set Junc­tion, on the route be­tween West­bury and Cas­tle Cary, on March 20.


Ag­gre­gates hop­pers lie on their side at East Som­er­set Junc­tion on March 21, af­ter the de­rail­ment the pre­vi­ous day.

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