30th August 1970

British Rail
(Express Excursion Train)

Loco(s) Used at least 1608
Stock Used Excursion: 11x mark 2A coaches

Route :

Loco Route
1608 Bristol Parson Street - ??? - Kensington Olympia - Latchmere Jn - Longhedge Jn (1)
???? Longhedge Jn - ??? - Margate?
???? ?Margate - ??? - Bristol Parson Street

Notes :
(1) At
Longhedge Jn the train was in collision with a platelayers trolley and an unsecured 60' length of 'six foot' rail which was in process of being 'turned' and had not been fully replaced or secured. This resulted in the loco and first three carriages derailing, although the loco and first coach subsequently re-railed themselves before the train came to a stand. It is reported that there were no injuries amongst the 410 passengers on the train, or any railway staff,. A relief train arrived on site onto which the passengers were transferred. It departed at 13.03 (but the report does not say if this was to Margate, or straight back to Parson Street.

Source : Gary Thornton (compiled from official accident report)

Timings (Actual Only)
(from Gary Thornton)

Location Booked Actual   Booked Actual
Parson Street 07.30d ?   ? ?
Kensington Olympia ? ??c?? ~ 10c01   ? ?
Longhedge Jn ??/?? ??.?? ~ 13.03   ? ?
margate ? ?   ? ?

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