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    There has been a high speed train derailment involving one of the trains I drive - over a section of track I drive.

    This happened around 8.10pm Friday Night (UK Time).

    All nine carriages of the 125mph tilting train derailed with some coaches sliding down a steep banking.

    I am so please that the driver was only injured and not killed. With all the debris of the site and the chaos, only one person has been killed with many been seriously injured - I am so amazed that the number is so little.

    It also goes to show, though, how well built our trains are - they are still intact.

    Here's some news items:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6391633.stm

    http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/...253067,00.html
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    What is even more scary is thta my Dad and seven friends were travelling home from Glasgow, Scotland last night after a day out.

    Enroute, we got stopped so that the driver could speak to one of the signal men. This made our train 5 minutes late. IF, we had not stopped, we would have ploughed straight into the derailed train.

    I was given a 'penny' which one of my friends found on the floor and passed it on to me. This surely brought us all luck and I am certainly keeping the penny.
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    It certainly brought it home to me last night on how dangerous a job I do.

    Also with been so close to the derailed train too, I was shaken (and still am) and very, very sick last night.

    We have a great community of driver's and calls were going round like wild fire checking that we were all OK and looking out for each other.
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    My prayers and thoughts are with the family of the elderly lady that was killed and with all those families of the injured.

    My prayers and thoughts are also with the driver (Ian Black) and his family and I hope he makes a speedy recovery and I look forward to seeing him back at work real soon.

    My prayers and thoughts go out to all our drivers and train crew too who do a wonderful job every day - day in, day out and don't realise how dangerous a job we do.
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    Here is a photo of one of the 'jack-knifed' coaches:
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    Those are some really scary pictures Rich. I'm glad that there were not a lot of deaths, and I'm glad that you are safe too! It's amazing how just stopping here and then can make a huge difference!
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    glad to hear you are safe and sound. In my past i drove steam trains, the speed is way way way slower but when i de-railed, it was terrifiying. My thoughts go out to you all. (and keep that penny in a VERY safe place!)
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    Thanks peoples!

    Here is a photo showing the driving cab:



    The leading cab Has jack knifed and is facing the opposite direction to which the train was travelling.
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    I am glad you are okay Rich. The moment I heard about it I thought of you and then remembered you had the day off. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved.
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    Rich,
    How is this going to affect your work schedule? The article said that route may be closed for several days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mini-V View Post
    Rich,
    How is this going to affect your work schedule? The article said that route may be closed for several days.

    I'll have to see when I get into work - The inside information is that it will be two weeks before the line is reopened.

    There is a photo gallery showing the impact of the derailment here for those who may not be able to see any video footage:

    http://static.sky.com/images/pictures/1504576.jpg
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    And this may expalin things more:

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    Rich, your PM had me so scared since you didn't really give any details and only a link. Especially since DWT is running very slow for me this morning and it was taking forever just to get to the link! I am so relieved that you and your Dad are both okay and my thoughts are with all of your fellow workers who were involved. Now....I want you to go in a quit your job so that I know nothing like this will ever happen to you!

    I believed in lucky pennies before, but even more so now! Don't let that one go!

    Wish I could be there to give you a big hug! I'm calling now.

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    OH my goodness, Rich...I'm so glad you're ok. ((H U G S))

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    I feel so much better now that I've heard your voice.

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