Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Investigation into Chilham derailment

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has announced its investigation into the derailment at Chilham* last Sunday:
Our investigation will examine the sequence of events before, during and after the incident, in particular:
  • the fencing at this location 
  • the railway’s response to reports of cows being on the line 
  • the behaviour of the train after it struck the cows 
It will also examine any relevant management issues.
Having been aboard the train, I look forward to this report.

* The Branch refers to it as the "Deraliment at Godmersham", which is indeed the nearest village to the accident site, but all the reports at the time referred to Chilham.

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