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MichaelJ 02-25-2007 01:16 AM

'Points Failure' Behind Train Crash - Virgin Trains, UK

Originally Posted by The Sunday Mail
'Points failure' behind train crash
By Robin Millard in London
February 25, 2007 06:37am

A DEFECTIVE track may have caused a highspeed train crash in northern England in which an elderly woman was killed and five other people were seriously injured yesterday, according to investigators.

Richard Branson ... broke off a Swiss family skiing holiday to visit crash site and injured / AP / The Associated Press


This is not good!

Callufrax 02-25-2007 01:34 AM

Something similar to what caused the Potters Bar crash in 2002. This is going to leave a lot of egg on Network Rail's faces. But it is amazing that there weren't any other fatalities!

Even though the train's not at fault, I was wondering whether it would be prudent for the next rolling stock order to be a different class of train (Virgin Trains are wanting additional, new trains for their West Coast franchise). The reasoning being that if this, or future possible, incident had been due to a design flaw, it wouldn't result in lack of tracks due to a withdrawn fleet.

Btw, Michael, I'd already started a derailment thread in the International forum. :)

MichaelJ 02-25-2007 01:47 AM

Sorry! I'm still learning where to put things here.

Callufrax 02-25-2007 01:52 AM


Originally Posted by MichaelJ
Sorry! I'm still learning where to put things here.

No worries. :)

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