Posted: Fri 3rd May 2019

Investigation launched into runaway locomotive on Ffestiniog Railway

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, May 3rd, 2019

An investigation into a runaway locomotive at Beddgelert, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway has been launched by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The incident took place on Tuesday 16 April 2019, when a light diesel locomotive which was descending a 1 in 40 gradient towards Beddgelert station on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, was unable to slow down. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The locomotive was travelling at around 10 mph (16 km/h) for 1.25 miles (2 km) without the driver being able to reduce its speed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It passed over a number of open level crossings, through Beddgelert station, past a signal placed at danger and into a single line section without authorisation. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The locomotive stopped when the gradient levelled out 0.6 miles (1 km) after the station. There were no injuries. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The RAIB investigation will establish the sequence of events and consider: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • the factors that prevented the driver from stopping the locomotive
  • the maintenance of the locomotive
  • any underlying management factors

An RAIB spokesperson said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Our investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

We will publish our findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of our investigation.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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