January 5th, 2007

Derailment at Waverley Station

Derailment of empty carriages of the Caledonian Sleeper in Waverley Station, Edinburgh, 5th January, 2007, perfectly-timed during track-layout alterations at the west end of the station to cause maximum disruption to services. The cause, as I immediately suspected at the time, was a set of points leading to one of the platform roads which hadn't been securely clamped out of use, allowing them to move beneath the train as it passed over them, fortunately at low speed. Note the Network Rail operatives in hi-vis jackets on the parapet above the Mound Tunnel, no doubt instructed to keep journalists and interested members of the public at bay, corporate paranoia and secrecy being what it now is.

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