Bridges and track damaged as freight train derails – REPAIR WORK STARTS

Track damage on the Barking line
Credit; Network Rail

Network Rail has announced that work to repair the damage to track after a freight train derailed on the Gospel Oak to Barking line.

Engineers are starting to remove the damaged track and equipment. An update will be provided early next week.

Just after 6 am on Thursday 23 January, a freight wagon derailed between Leyton Midland Road and Walthamstow Queens Road which has caused damage over a two and a half-mile stretch. Eight bridges were also damaged along with signalling and other essential equipment.

An investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing.

What did the officials say?

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia said:

“I’d like to say sorry to all our passengers whose journeys are disrupted by this incident. Our engineers will be working around the clock to get the line open as quickly as possible. I also want to thank our lineside neighbours for their patience while we carry out this important work and we will aim to keep disruption to a minimum.”

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  1. That looks like a CWR joint just to the left
    that may be incorrect heat/cool down when the two were joined causing metal fatigue/weakness. If the joint was pre-made a problem at the rail manufacturing, or if joined up on site, then a cowboy gang weld up methinks. Either way poor workmanship
    and ultrasound would have detected it.


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