Freight train derails at Ely

An intermodal freight train derailed at Ely West Junction yesterday (August 14).

The accident happened at around 1430, when 11 wagons of the 33-wagon 1133 Felixstowe-Doncaster intermodal derailed but remained upright.

The driver of the train was reported as safe and it has been confirmed that no one was injured. No cause has yet been identified into the accident, which has blocked the line from Ely to Peterborough.

Buses have been laid on to run between Ely and Peterborough. CrossCountry trains between Birmingham New Street and Stansted Airport and East Midlands Trains’ services between Liverpool Lime Street and Norwich are both terminating at Peterborough.

The derailed train was being hauled by GB Railfreight 66713 Forest City. The wagons will need to be lifted by crane, with some missing bogies.

Greater Anglia advised passengers of disruption until August 19. 

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  • Dave H - 15/08/2017 10:50

    The up line looks to be serviceable to get a rail mounted crane alongside most of the wagons and feed them out to a recovery train. Would be a supreme irony and very pointed hint (given that the busway beams are showing some serious cracks) if an option at CBG was a bus to Huntingdon? Given 4 major derailments in 6 years & several minor incidents plus the failure of the long beam track (should have learned from Mr Brunel's mistakes), the campaign to deliver a light rail system for Cambridge restoring rails to the 2 lines currently used by buses deserves support, especially if the plan allows for dual use (as in Sunderland and Sheffield's tram-train)

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    • Train watcher - 15/08/2017 22:27

      Railfreight train came through March in down direction (ie towards Peterborough) this afternoon (15/08/20170 hauled by class 66 loco. Possibly this consist was the portion that did not derail.

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  • BigTone - 15/08/2017 14:42

    That's a mess. Pleased no one was hurt.

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