The report on the fire in a tube tunnel between Wood Green and Bounds Green in 1982.
This document was published on 25th January 1983 by Department of Transport.
It was written by Lieut. Col. A. G. Townsend-Rose.
This item is linked to the Accident at Wood Green - Bounds Green on 11th August 1982
The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 18 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 2nd July 2007.
This document is Crown Copyright, and is subject to the terms governing the reproduction of crown copyright material. Depending on the status and age of the original document, you may need an OPSI click-use license if you wish to reproduce this material, and other restrictions may apply. Please see this explanation for further details.
"At about 16.17 a train entering service from the Cockfosters Depot had picked up under its positive shoe gear two rail chairs which must have been left beside the line. These caused a positive fault to earth which was indicated as such on fault indication equipment. but some 13 to 14 minutes later and before this short circuit had been cleared another train having an incipient negative shoe fault on its rear car which had until then remained undetected, entered the same traction section and a serious arc occurred between its shoe conductor which was then held at about 600 volts above earth, and an axle casing of its trailing bogie. As the conductor was consumed, the arc swept across the under-floor of the car in which two holes were burnt and then on to the bogie headstock which was melted through. Although the car generally was not set on fire, a great amount of smoke was generated which was sucked into the Westbound tunnel via adits between the two tunnels by the movement of West-bound trains. A similar electric arc had occurred on a train of the same stock in January 1980 and a modification to all trains was in hand.
The train on fire came to a stand about 560 m short of Bounds Green Station and a following train was halted at the signal in rear with its rear end some 250 m ahead of Wood Green Station platform. About 55 passengers were detrained and taken forward from the failed train to Bounds Green Station by the driver and guard and were reported to be clear by 17.35: two of these passengers were taken to hospital suffering from shock. A further 110 passengers were evacuated to the rear from the second train helped by the station staff at Wood Green, where some 600 passengers were also detrained from a train in the platform and from two other trains which had been drawn up to its rear. All passengers were clear from Wood Green Station by 17.28. Nearly all the passengers who had been evacuated from the trains between the two stations suffered from the effects of smoke and fumes and 15 in all, including two members of staff, were taken to hospital by ambulance but only one was detained overnight for observation."
Does the franchise model just need technical changes or would a concession system be better?
or just view the results
Join our 1663 other members and sign up to receive the RA newsletter, with links to all new documents and other site news...
Please consider donating to help with our running costs.