Swanage running diesel-only service after collision

 Merchant Navy/Battle of Britain class locomotive on the Swanage Railway in Dorset
Trains will be diesel-hauled until further notice
Published Tue, 2017-07-25 15:30

The low-speed collision occurred just after 9am on July 24 during shunting operations between the locomotive shed and signal box.




Merchant Navy/Battle of Britain class locomotive on the Swanage Railway in Dorset © Rob Purvis - Creative Commons Licence

The incident involved BR Standard ‘4MT’ No. 80104 and ‘Battle of Britain’ No. 34070 Manston and happened in an area not open to the public.

The railway has reported the incident to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), though no members of the public, nor any trains, were caught up in the collision. 

Steam train services have been temporarily suspended as the two engines will be out of service whilst they are assessed for any damage. In the meantime, the railway is running a two-train passenger service using its own Class 108 DMU and a five-carriage train hauled by their Class 33.

Swanage Railway are currently investigating the cause of the incident, and have apologised for any disappointment caused by the lack of steam hauled services running. The railway are working to resume a steam-hauled train service as soon as possible.

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