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Author Topic: WW2 bomb closes railway line between Cardiff and Newport  (Read 2377 times)
chrisr_75
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« on: October 05, 2016, 05:56:09 pm »

Bit of excitement along the SWML this afternoon!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-37568339

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WW2 bomb closes railway line between Cardiff and Newport

The railway line between Newport and Cardiff has been closed following the discovery of an unexploded World War Two bomb.

British Transport Police confirmed the device was found by workmen near Gaer Park Drive, Newport.

It said: "Explosives experts have been called and are currently on their way to the scene."

Disruption to rail travel is expected to continue until 19:00 BST.

Passengers are advised to check with National Rail Enquiries before travelling
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2016, 10:43:15 pm »

Turned out it wasn't munitions after all.
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2016, 12:20:42 am »

Turned out it wasn't munitions after all.

Oh, so what was it?! Do tell!
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2016, 09:13:06 am »

Check out the link above which has been updated. including a pic

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A suspected World War Two bomb which closed the rail line between Cardiff and Newport for hours has been found to be construction equipment.

Passengers were forced to take replacement bus services after workmen found the item near Gaer Park Drive, Newport, at about 15:30 BST.

Explosives experts later determined the object was a type of excavation device.
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2016, 09:38:47 am »

Check out the link above which has been updated. including a pic

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A suspected World War Two bomb which closed the rail line between Cardiff and Newport for hours has been found to be construction equipment.

Passengers were forced to take replacement bus services after workmen found the item near Gaer Park Drive, Newport, at about 15:30 BST.

Explosives experts later determined the object was a type of excavation device.


............surely you remember seeing documentary films of Yellow and Black JCBs being dropped from Heinkels during the Blitz? Be reasonable, it's a mistake anyone could have made!  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2016, 10:07:32 am »

Check out the link above which has been updated. including a pic

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A suspected World War Two bomb which closed the rail line between Cardiff and Newport for hours has been found to be construction equipment.

Passengers were forced to take replacement bus services after workmen found the item near Gaer Park Drive, Newport, at about 15:30 BST.

Explosives experts later determined the object was a type of excavation device.


looks like the bit from a pneumatic "drill".  Without a spotters guide to bomb handy it is not an unreasonable mistake to make.  Perhaps trackworkers should be given spotters guides to bombs.  The workers on the casino site in Bath were given a day long briefing by the bomb disposal squad before they started digging, based on information that the site had been bombed in the war.  The  vehicles parked outside the site labelled something like ""royal ordnance bomb disposal"  and the group of soldiers striding around caused quite a concern among the workers nearby who thought that they were there because something had been found (AFAIK, nothing ever was)
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2016, 10:20:55 am »

Check out the link above which has been updated. including a pic

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A suspected World War Two bomb which closed the rail line between Cardiff and Newport for hours has been found to be construction equipment.

Passengers were forced to take replacement bus services after workmen found the item near Gaer Park Drive, Newport, at about 15:30 BST.

Explosives experts later determined the object was a type of excavation device.


looks like the bit from a pneumatic "drill".  Without a spotters guide to bomb handy it is not an unreasonable mistake to make.  Perhaps trackworkers should be given spotters guides to bombs.  The workers on the casino site in Bath were given a day long briefing by the bomb disposal squad before they started digging, based on information that the site had been bombed in the war.  The  vehicles parked outside the site labelled something like ""royal ordnance bomb disposal"  and the group of soldiers striding around caused quite a concern among the workers nearby who thought that they were there because something had been found (AFAIK, nothing ever was)

What's the betting someone a few years ago thought "sod recovering this, let's just bury it and go home, no-one will ever notice"?
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