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Author Topic: Trolley on track incident, Heathrow Express line, December 2014  (Read 10764 times)
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« on: December 28, 2014, 11:36:35 am »

Now problems for Heathrow Express according to their Twitter feed

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Service still suspended after a train hit kit left on tracks by Network Rail. Working to get trains moving again ASAP #hexupdates

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2014, 12:16:13 pm »

Now problems for Heathrow Express according to their Twitter feed

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Service still suspended after a train hit kit left on tracks by Network Rail. Working to get trains moving again ASAP #hexupdates


Poor little kit...
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2014, 12:17:21 pm »

http://i.imgur.com/GpcXzXE.gif ...That's all I can come up with.
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2014, 01:24:26 pm »

Now problems for Heathrow Express according to their Twitter feed

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Service still suspended after a train hit kit left on tracks by Network Rail. Working to get trains moving again ASAP #hexupdates


I wonder if it was this one, left Heathrow T1 & 3 on time, arrived PAD 144 late: Shocked

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/P10321/2014/12/28/advanced
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2014, 02:25:32 pm »

This image apparently showing being the item left behind...  Roll Eyes

https://twitter.com/HeathrowExpress/status/549174321982480384




Edit note: Many thanks for posting, brizzlechris. Purely to help those using mobile devices which sometimes make it difficult to view such linked items, I've taken the liberty of adding a link here to the image shown in that Heathrow Express twitter item:

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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2014, 03:10:49 pm »

Ouch! Could have been nasty.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2014, 03:43:27 pm »

Hmm. I'd have thought the idea of painting it bright yellow was to avoid it being overlooked when clearing the worksite on completion ...  Tongue Shocked Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2014, 04:09:19 pm »

This image apparently showing being the item left behind...  Roll Eyes

https://twitter.com/HeathrowExpress/status/549174321982480384
Hmm. I'd have thought the idea of painting it bright yellow was to avoid it being overlooked when clearing the worksite on completion ...  Tongue Shocked Roll Eyes

Even yellow paint doesn't show up to well in the dark!

This is one half of PWay track trolley these are hand pushed.

This will be a reportable incident to the RAIB which will obviously sit separate and take precedence over the ORR enquiry into the engineering over run.
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2014, 04:19:41 pm »

The RAIB will investigate the trolley while the ORR will look into the over-run(s).

Different organisations. Likely to run side-by-side!
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2014, 04:22:53 pm »

I've actually managed to find a picture of the workforce that left the kit behind, captured at the exact moment they got the call about it!

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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2014, 09:17:46 pm »

I've actually managed to find a picture of the workforce that left the kit behind, captured at the exact moment they got the call about it!



For anyone else that wants to understand the severity of the situation - Crossrail staff placed the trolley on the line as the HEX came towards it - all concerned were lucky no-one was killed.

A snip from the log:

"The driver is shaken and he said he does not know how he did not kill anyone..."
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« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2014, 09:20:41 pm »

Apparently the driver was just coming out of the tunnel when he saw the workers on the line in front of him. Not surprised he was shaken.
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« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2014, 09:22:15 pm »

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For anyone else that wants to understand the severity of the situation - Crossrail staff placed the trolley on the line as the HEX came towards it - all concerned were lucky no-one was killed.

Are you serious?!! Wow.....RAIB will be investigating. Someone won't be working on the rails ever again

I can understand the "sheer incompetence" post now
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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2014, 09:24:54 pm »

It's not my place to reproduce the whole log post I read, but yes I expect the RAIB will be investigating what is an incredibly serious incident.
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« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2014, 09:53:06 pm »

As this story is now gaining in stature, so to speak: I've split off the previous posts to form this new topic, devoted to the particular incident.  CfN.  Smiley
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