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PostPosted: 19 Apr 2016, 19:30 
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Can anyone supply the identity of the cranes used in recovery operations at Connington in 1966.

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The official report into the accident on 20th September 1966 states that there was no derailment, but the 8th sleeping carriage in the struck train was telescoped into the vehicle in front and in so being was lifted off its bogie. The report states that the Peterborough crane attended to replace the carriage on its bogie. This is the only crane involved in this incident.


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PostPosted: 22 Apr 2016, 20:32 
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A photo I saw at a meeting this week showed 3 trains involved on that date and 2 cranes could be seen with jibs up.
There were 3 incidents at Connington in a short period of months each involving Deltics.
Have I got the right date?

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PostPosted: 23 Apr 2016, 16:42 
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Ken Hoole's book "Trains in Trouble - Vol 3" relates an incident at Connington on 15th December 1961 in which three engines and their trains were involved. These were Deltic D9012, A3 60078 and V2 60977.

Unfortunately the book contains no pictures or information relating to breakdown crane(s) in attendance, however the recovery must surely have required more than one crane.


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PostPosted: 25 Apr 2016, 10:51 
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Hmm, Connington seems to be a place well worth avoiding by train!

I haven't had time to look at them yet, but the Railways Archive has reports for the following:-

Accident at Conington North on 1st March 1948
Accident at Conington North on 16th October 1948
Accident at Conington on 15th December 1961
Accident at Conington on 20th September 1966
Accident at Conington South on 5th March 1967

The '66 accident is the one I mentioned above.

The '67 accident was a remarkable incident in that it was conlcuded that it was caused by a wilful and deliberate act of train-wrecking by a young signalman. The result was the the derailment of the rear end of a passenger train with consequent loss of life, but only one train was involved. The report for this makes fascinating reading, and you can sense the disbelief in the inspecting officer's mind as all accidental causes were carefully eliminated leaving only a very slick sequence of intentional lever movements, together with malicious interference with the electric locking, as the only possible cause.

The '61 accident is probably the one you are referring to, and involved three class C goods trains and an ECS train (a stopped C was struck by the ECS, and over the next few minutes two further class C trains piled in). Despite this there were no fatalities.

I haven't looked at the '46 reports yet.

I cannot immediately think of any locations with quite so many accidents! Fog seem to play a part in most of them.


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PostPosted: 26 Apr 2016, 09:24 
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A photo here shows what appears to be New Englands crane 330110 working at the scene of the December 1961 accident.


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