The report on the derailment of a passenger train at Hare Park Junction in 1970.
This document was published on 16th May 1972 by Department of the Environment.
It was written by Major P. M. Olver.
This item is linked to the Accident at Hare Park Junction, Wakefield on 27th December 1970
The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 14 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 12th May 2007.
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"The train was the 1M9, the 00.30 from Carlisle to Leicester, composed of 3 bogie vehicles and hauled by a Class 45 diesel-electric locomotive. It approached Hare Park Junction on the Up Main line at about 45 mph and became derailed at the facing blades of the switch diamond crossing formed by the Down Crofton Branch tine crossing the Up Main line. The blades were lying in a mid-position with neither blade against its stock rail, having previously been run through in the trailing direction and forced open when set for the Up Main line by a train travelling from the Down Main to Down Branch line.
All 3 vehicles, the last of which was a passenger coach, followed the locomotive into total derailment. The driver immediately made an emergency application of the brakes and the train came to a stand with the locomotive some 195 yards beyond the point of initial derailment; the locomotive and all 3 vehicles remained upright and coupled together.
I am glad to report that neither the sole passenger in the train, who was travelling in the rearmost vehicle, nor the 3 members of the train crew, suffered any injury and that the fire and ambulance services, although promptly alerted, were not required."
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