February 11, 2013 | Mark Paradies

Press Release: UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch Investigating Two Derailmanents

1st Derailment … Ordsall Lane Junction on 23 January 2013

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The derailed locomotive

The RAIB is investigating a derailment that occurred on the line between Deansgate Station, in Manchester city centre, and Ordsall Lane Junction, Salford, on Wednesday 23 January 2013.

At 14:34 hrs, a locomotive that was being hauled at the rear of train 5Z47 derailed on the curve approaching Ordsall Lane Junction. The train was made up of a class 47 locomotive pulling five empty coaches and the derailed vehicle, another class 47 which was being dead hauled. The train was en-route from Ardwick train maintenance depot in Manchester, to Carnforth, Lancashire. It was travelling at 18 mph (29 km/h) at the time of the derailment.

The class 47 locomotive, 47500, ran derailed for around 70 metres and caught on fire. No one was injured, but the line was closed for repairs and recovery for two days.

The RAIB’s investigation will examine the sequence of events leading up to the accident and the cause of the derailment. This will include consideration of the design, maintenance and condition of both the track and the derailed locomotive.

The RAIB’s investigation is independent of any investigation by the safety authority (the Office of Railway Regulation).

The RAIB will publish its findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of its investigation. This report will be available on the RAIB website.

2nd Derailment … Castle Donington, Leicestershire, 21 January 2013

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The RAIB is investigating a derailment that occurred on the freight-only line from Stenson Junction, between Burton-on-Trent and Derby, and Sheet Stores Junction, just east of Long Eaton station, on Monday 21 January 2013.

Just before 19:55 hrs, the 18th, 19th and 20th wagons of train 6Z68, travelling from Crewe Basford Hall to Toton derailed while passing through Castle Donington. The train comprised 26 empty wagons, hauled by a class 66 locomotive, which was running at 47 mph (76 km/h) when the derailment occurred. After running derailed for about a mile, the train divided between the 19th and 20th wagons causing an emergency brake application. No one was hurt in the accident, but the line was closed for repairs to damaged track and signalling equipment for nearly five days before being reopened to normal traffic.

The RAIB’s investigation will examine the sequence of events leading up to the accident and the cause of the derailment. This will include consideration of the maintenance of the track and the derailed wagons.

The RAIB’s investigation is independent of any investigation by the safety authority (the Office of Railway Regulation).

The RAIB will publish its findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of its investigation. This report will be available on the RAIB website.

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