Mendip hoppers damaged in East Somerset incident

A derailment at Witham Friary required the deployment of two cranes, including
the rare use of a Kirow KRC1200UK in a breakdown role.

By Gareth Bayer

THE 7Z15/17.05 Merehead to Acton loaded Mendip Rail aggregates working derailed at East Somerset Junction (Witham Friary) on March 20, requiring an intensive five-day effort to recover three HOA and three IIA wagons and then return the damaged track to serviceable condition.

This was the same location as a similar incident on November 10, 2008, involving Nos. 59202 and 59204.

The train, this time powered by
No. 59001, was comprised of 38 VTG Rail UK HOAs, NACCO Rail IIAs and ex-Foster Yeoman JHAs.

The derailed hoppers, which included Nos. 81 70 6957 074-2, 37 70 6955 115-0 and 37 70 6955 122-6, were the 24th-29th vehicles in the train.

The site was immediately quarantined awaiting the arrival of the RAIB. The following day the lead 21 wagons were removed to Westbury by No. 59001.

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