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Derailment of a freight train at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, 21 January 2013

The RAIB is investigating a derailment that occurred on the freight-only line from Stenson Junction, between Burton-on-Trent and Derby, and Sheet Stores Junction, just east of Long Eaton station, on Monday 21 January 2013.

Just before 19:55 hrs, the 18th, 19th and 20th wagons of train 6Z68, travelling from Crewe Basford Hall to Toton derailed while passing through Castle Donington. The train comprised 26 empty wagons, hauled by a class 66 locomotive, which was running at 47 mph (76 km/h) when the derailment occurred. After running derailed for about a mile, the train divided between the 19th and 20th wagons causing an emergency brake application. No one was hurt in the accident, but the line was closed for repairs to damaged track and signalling equipment for nearly five days before being reopened to normal traffic.

Castle Donington derailment
The first of the three derailed wagons

The RAIB’s investigation will examine the sequence of events leading up to the accident and the cause of the derailment. This will include consideration of the maintenance of the track and the derailed wagons.

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