POP train on the floor
On 10th January 1973 a test train heading north 'ran out of road' whilst carrying out a high speed test with the 'POP' train and Lab Coach 3 slid through the arrestor bed and finished up 'on the floor'. Luckily nobody was hurt and the train sustained only minor damage.
Rumour had it that the brakes on the 'Peak' were incorrectly adjusted and the decision to apply the brakes was left until the last second but I have heard from an eyewitness that there were other factors.
Barrie May was on the train and remembers...
'The cause was the state of the track on the day
because it had not been used for a considerable time prior to us starting
testing that day. We had, if my memory is correct, done about 3 runs which had
loosened all the rust which had built up on the track and then it started to
drizzle with rain which had the effect of turning the loose rust into a slippery
paste and since the main braking was from the loco it locked its wheel and we
slid off the end of the track.'
I have recently been passed a number of official photographs of the unfortunate incident and the recovery.
All photos BR Official except where indicated
The incident - very lucky that it wasn't worse
|Class 46 No:185 (later 46048) on the floor next to the A606 overbridge||
Another shot of the loco showing how it managed to
stay in line and get through the overbridge
|Staff survey the scene||View showing the path of the train through the arrestor bed|
|POP train (PC3 and PC4) and Lab 3 - note the ballast on top of the bogie frame||No buffers between POP train and Lab 3|
|Between the Lab coach and POP train is what looks like a buckeye coupler||Buffers over riding between Lab 3 and the loco|
|View along the side of the train looking towards the loco||The intermediate bogie dug into the ballast showing the hydrokinetic brake pipework|
|POP train articulated bogie||Inspecting the damage|
|Bogies dug into the ballast||Bogies dug into the ballast|
Instrumentation damage - vintage stuff from 1973
|Some of the damage inflicted on the instrumentation - what looks like an oscillosope on its side||Probably the most important item on the train - the cooker|
|A teleprinter keyboard with automatic counting device on top of it||Items strewn about the floor|
Recovery - the train was eventually dragged back onto the track
|Plenty of supervisors in evidence whilst the crane appears to be about to lift PC3||Lots of discussion|
|View from the A606 overbridge||View from the rear showing the arrestor bed and the rearmost coach still on the track|
|View from the A606 overbridge with the rearmost vehicle uncoupled and moved back under the previous overbridge||View from the A606 overbridge with the crane about to lift|
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