Freight train passes TWO Red Signals and damages set of points in Wakefield

Crofton West Junction Signal Passed at Danger Freight Train
Credit: Network Rail

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has announced they will be investigating an incident where a freight train passed a red signal earlier in May.

Around 09:54 on the 7th May 2020, a freight train passed a red signal which was protecting Crofton West Junction and came to a stop 250 metres after the Junction.

In the incident, a set of points were damaged as a result of the Signal Passed At Danger (SPAD).

The train had additionally passed another red signal at Hare Park Junction around 2 minutes before the incident.

The RAIB will be publishing a safety digest after further investigation regarding this incident.

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  1. Anyone want to bet against this being insufficient braking power (again)
    Cannot see a driver passing two reds, but can see the preps not being done before starting off ie a continuity of brakes check

  2. Inclined to agree with Western Daze, it is on a long gradient down towards Wakefield station any any serious loss (or lack of) brakepower would result in this run-by. TPWS would have activated the loco brake at both reds under normal operation. Await the RAIB report with interest.


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