UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch Press Release: Investigation into the derailment of a freight train at Bordesley Junction, Birmingham, UK
At 00:45 on 26 August, a freight train comprising a diesel-electric locomotive, 30 empty aggregate wagons, and an unloading wagon derailed on the approach to Bordesley Junction, Birmingham. The rear four wagons of the train, which was travelling between Banbury and Barrow-on-Soar, derailed and re-railed during the accident. There was extensive track damage at Bordesley Junction and some damage to the vehicles involved. No-one was hurt.
The RAIB’s preliminary examination has found that the derailment occurred because a wheel flange climbed over the outer rail of a curve on the approach to the junction. Other wheels became derailed at the junction.
No evidence has been found that the driving of the train or the operation of the signalling system played a part in causing the accident.
The investigation will include an examination of the condition of the train and the track to establish the mechanism of the derailment. It will review the history of the track and wagon and maintenance actions undertaken to understand why the accident occurred.
The RAIB’s investigation is independent of any investigation by the safety authority (the Office of Rail Regulation).
The RAIB will publish a report, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of its investigation. This report will be available on the RAIB website.