The report on the derailment of an express passenger train between Sarnau and St. Clears in 1975.
This document was published on 10th November 1976 by Department of Transport.
It was written by Maj. A. B. G. King.
This item is linked to the Accident at Sarnau - St Clears on 28th July 1975
The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 19 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 25th September 2006.
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"The 08.20 Paddington to Fishguard express passenger train, consisting of a diesel locomotive hauling 12 coaches, was travelling at over 70 mile/h on the Down line approaching the start of a cutting round a curve when the driver observed that both continuously welded running rails were badly buckled and made an emergency brake application. There was insufficient time however to prevent the whole of the train passing over the distortion and the 8th, loth, and 12th vehicles became derailed. The train came to a stand with the derailed vehicles upright and clear of the Up line.
The emergency services were summoned by the crew of a police car sent to the scene of the derailment at the request of British Railways and ambulances arrived on site at 13.35. Only 8 passengers sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident; all were taken to hospital at Carmarthen and were discharged by 16.40 after treatment, continuing their journey to Fishguard Harbour by bus. The remainder of the passengers were transferred to the leading 6 coaches of the train which, after examination, proceeded to Fishguard Harbour at 15.00. The boat sailing to Ireland was held for the arrival of these passengers."
10th November 1976
Report on the Derailment that occurred on 28th July 1975 between Sarnau and St. Clears in the Western Region British Railways...
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