HomeGovernanceAccident InvestigationRunaway Pacer hits level crossing gates at Dereham, Norfolk.

Runaway Pacer hits level crossing gates at Dereham, Norfolk.


One carriage from an ex-Northern Pacer, being delivered to the Mid Norfolk Railway at Dereham, ran away while being unloaded from its road trailer and struck level crossing gates.

The train was delivered by road on Wednesday 9 December 2020. The following day, while being winched off a low loader onto the railway tracks, the centre coach ran away and collided with the gates of a nearby level crossing. The vehicle broke through the gates and came to rest over an open, public road.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has made a preliminary examination and has decided to issue a Safety Digest on the incident, which will be issued in a few weeks’ time.

Charlie Robinson,
Mid-Norfolk Railway.

Charlie Robinson, chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, said: “On behalf of the Trust and the railway’s members I would like to thank all of our staff who have worked to resolve this issue both at the time and subsequently.

“As a railway we are fortunate to have a number of very experienced railway people as well as members with the right skill sets who dealt with this incident in a calm and professional manner.

“I can assure the membership and our traveling public that as a railway we will be actioning the recommendations of the RAIB, but are also looking at our own procedures in a critical way to ensure such an incident cannot happen again.”


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