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« on: March 24, 2020, 06:40:12 am »

delays heading north bound,south bound okay with speed restrictions.
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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2020, 01:06:39 pm »

This was a minor derailment of a Class 66 locomotive that hit and demolished a buffer stop in a siding.  It ended up slightly foul of the adjacent running line and was then hit a glancing blow by a passing Class 170 passenger train.  No injuries reported.  Photos of the derailed locomotive here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122957096@N08/
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2020, 03:52:56 pm »

Glad to hear there are no injuries or major disruption.

One that is known in railway slang as an 'earth fault' or 'visiting the scenery'.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2020, 05:41:39 pm »

Formal investigation by RAIB (Rail Accident Investigation Branch) announced: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/passenger-train-collision-with-a-derailed-locomotive-bromsgrove?utm_source=44f16c9c-956e-48ae-aec6-2b89714c500d&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

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Investigation into a passenger train collision with a derailed locomotive near Bromsgrove station, Worcestershire, 23 March 2020

Published 3 April 2020
From: Rail Accident Investigation Branch

At about 22:43 hrs on Monday 23 March 2020, a 3-coach class 170 passenger train, operating the 21:05 Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street service, was approaching Bromsgrove station when it collided with a class 66 locomotive that had become derailed at the end of a siding. The passenger train suffered significant damage along the side of all three vehicles, although it remained on the track and did not derail. There were 4 passengers and 2 crew on board the passenger train and none reported any injuries.

The locomotive had just travelled from Bescot to Bromsgrove, to act as a banking locomotive required to assist heavy freight trains up the 1 in 37 Lickey incline to the north of the station. It derailed as it ran through the buffers at the end of the siding adjacent to the mainline, and stopped with its front left corner foul of northbound trains. The driver of the locomotive was not injured in the collision, although the locomotive suffered damage to the corner of the leading cab.

Our investigation will identify the sequence of events which led to the accident. It will also consider any factors relevant to operation of the locomotive, how the risk of overrun within the siding was controlled and any relevant underlying factors.

Our investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road.

We will publish our findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of our investigation. This report will be available on our website.
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2020, 09:07:31 am »

RAIB (Rail Accident Investigation Branch) report in ... ((here))

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At about 22:44 hrs on Monday 23 March 2020, the 21:05 Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street service collided with a class 66 locomotive that had derailed at the end of a siding, south of Bromsgrove station. The passenger train suffered significant damage along one side of all three vehicles, although it did not derail. There were four passengers and two crew on board the passenger train and none reported any injuries.

The locomotive had just arrived in the siding and was to act as a ?banking? locomotive, assisting heavy freight trains up the 1 in 37 Lickey incline, to the north of Bromsgrove station. It derailed after running through the buffer stop at the end of the siding and came to rest fouling the main line. The driver of the locomotive was not injured in the collision, although the locomotive suffered damage to the corner of the leading cab.

The driver did not stop the locomotive before it reached the buffer stop because he became distracted from the driving task by personal issues arising from the national COVID-19 lockdown announced earlier that evening.

The collision occurred because there was insufficient time between the locomotive derailment and the passenger train?s arrival for the alarm to be raised and the passenger train to be stopped.

Recommendations

RAIB has made one recommendation to Network Rail to review its processes and standards for managing buffer stop collision risk on non-platform terminal tracks.

RAIB has also identified three learning points for drivers, relating to compliance with mobile phone policies in the driving cab, informing signallers of accidents and safe exit from trains during an incident.

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