VE­HI­CLE ‘WRIT­TEN OFF’ IN WELSH HIGH­LAND LEVEL CROSS­ING SMASH

Steam Railway (UK) - - Focus News -

A car col­lided with a train on a level cross­ing on the Welsh High­land Rail­way on July 4.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on the cross­ing over Cwm Cloch lane near Bed­dgel­ert, when the 3.40pm Porth­madog-Caernar­fon ser­vice hauled by one of the WHR’s ‘NGG16’ Gar­ratts, No. 138, was struck by a Ford Puma. No­body was in­jured and the lo­co­mo­tive re­port­edly suf­fered only cos­metic dam­age. How­ever, the two car­riages im­me­di­ately be­hind the lo­co­mo­tive suf­fered “thou­sands of pounds’ worth” of dam­age, ac­cord­ing to a WHR spokesman. They added: “The driver of the ve­hi­cle ap­pears to have paid no at­ten­tion to the sign which re­quires drivers to stop, look and lis­ten, and drove straight on to the cross­ing while the train was present. The driver was very lucky to get off so lightly. The car is a write-off.” More than a hun­dred pas­sen­gers were in­con­ve­nienced by the in­ci­dent, and ar­range­ments were made for them to com­plete their jour­ney by road. There was min­i­mal dis­rup­tion to WHR ser­vices as the in­ci­dent oc­curred on the last train of the day, and nor­mal ser­vice was re­sumed on July 6.

The Rail Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch briefly took con­trol of the site and the po­lice were also in at­ten­dance. The site was quickly re­leased back to WHR staff once the cir­cum­stances were un­der­stood and the re­cov­ery op­er­a­tion com­pleted.

The rail­way’s gen­eral man­ager, Paul Lewin, praised the staff for work­ing quickly and ef­fi­ciently in the hot weather con­di­tions to look af­ter the pas­sen­gers, re­solve the prob­lems and re­cover the train. The col­li­sion fol­lows an in­ci­dent on June 10, when ‘NGG16’ No. 143 de­railed near Rhyd Ddu (see Nar­row Gauge News, p34/35).

WHR

The af­ter­math of the col­li­sion be­tween the Ford Puma and one of the WHR’s Gar­ratts on July 4.

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