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Since operations began in May 1970, the SVRSevern Valley Railway has seen three collisions with vehicles on crossings, for which no blame was attached to the railway. Two locomotives have suffered a derailed tender while hauling passenger services.


Waterworks Crossing

A fatal accident occurred at Waterworks Crossing on 12 January 1994 when a locomotive struck a van negotiating the crossing.[1] An inquest on 18 May 1994 recorded a verdict of 'accidental death' with no blame attached to the Railway.[2]

Northwood Crossing

On 25 November 2000 LMS Stanier 8F 48773 was involved in collision with an Astra van on Northwood Crossing, fortunately with no fatalities involved. HM Railway Inspectorate later confirmed that the Railway was not at fault, independent witnesses having testified that the driver had passed the flashing red lights when the train was only a few yards from the crossing.[3]

Fishermen's Crossing

On 16 August 2004 Fishermen's Crossing was the scene of a collision between Ivatt Class 2 46443 and a van which drove onto the crossing without stopping, the crossing gates having been left open by a previous user.[4] The van was carried some distance down the track, with the driver suffering injury[5] though fortunately not fatal. H.M. Railway Inspectorate found no fault with the locomotive/train braking or the signing of the crossing, and no blame for the collision was attached to the Railway[6][7].


Folly Point

On 21 April 1991 Stanier Mogul 42968 was running tender first on a passenger train when the leading left wheel of the tender derailed by flange climbing. The derailment occurred on a right-hand curve over the site of an embankment slip at Folly Point which was subject to a temporary 5 mph speed restriction. The SVRSevern Valley Railway's investigation found that the weight distribution between the wheels of the tender was not set up correctly following maintenance. The RAIB investigation into the 2009 derailment at Hampton Loade referred to this incident under "Previous occurrences of a similar character"[8].

Hampton Loade

On 28 September 2009, a derailment occurred when the tender of LMS Ivatt Class 4 43106 hauling a down passenger train became derailed as it approached Hampton Loade. There were no injuries. The immediate cause of the accident was the leading right-hand wheel of the tender flange climbing over the rail at the site of a track twist. An incorrect spring had been fitted to this axle of the tender.[8] BR 4345 Tourist Standard Open was also damaged.

See also


  1. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 110
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 111
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 134
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 148
  5. HSE's annual report on railway safety 2004 – ORR Retrieved 8 June 2015
  6. Van driver blamed for rail crash, BBC News Retrieved 8 June 2015
  7. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 149
  8. 8.0 8.1 Rail Accident Investigation Branch (retrieved 6 January 2017)


Rail Accident Report, Derailment at Hampton Loade, Severn Valley Railway, 28 September 2009 (retrieved 6 January 2017)