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The report into the derailment of a passenger train at Aberystwyth in 2003.
This document was published in 2003 by Railway Safety & Standards Board.
It was written by Railway Safety & Standards Board.
This item is linked to the Accident at Aberystwyth on 12th May 2003
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"After arriving in Aberystwyth at 1720hrs as 1J23 the 1534hrs Birmingham New Street-Aberystwyth, the Class 158 unit departed from the platform at Aberystwyth on time as 1G87 the 1734hrs Aberystwyth-Birmingham New Street. Almost immediately and before the train had cleared the platform, the leading end of a broken final drive shaft impacted the front stretcher bar of a facing set of points. This caused the left hand point blade tip to be bent inwards, the right hand one already being locked open. The derailment of three rearmost axles of the train resulted.
The driver applied the emergency brake to bring the unit to a halt, ascertained that the guard was not incapacitated and informed the on duty signalman at Machynlleth of the accident by radio electronic token block radio and platform telephone. Passengers were de-trained back on to the platform under the supervision of Wales & Borders trains and Network rail Great Western Zone production staff and taken to Machynlleth by bus. A track blockage was subsequently set up in conjunction with the signal box."
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