West Coast Railways has had the brakes put on their Harry Potter train trips after a near miss on the train tracks near Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire.
The Cathedrals Express failed to stop at a red light at around 17:25 on the 5th of March. Pulled by locomotive Tangmere, 13 carriages of passengers were travelling from Bristol Temple Meads to Southend Victoria. Network Rail said that this near miss was the most serious incident in which a train has passed through a danger signal all year. The train stopped 700 yards after the danger signal coming to rest on a double track high-speed junction.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch discovered that the steam train carried on towards the junction because the driver and the stoker had overridden the locomotive’s automatic break.
As a result of West Coast Railways failure to meet public transport safety obligations they have been hit with an unprecedented ban. Network Rail has given West Coast Railways until the 15th of May to sort out the shortfalls in their operations which include controls, communication and their commitment. West Coast Railways have stated they are working hard to address all the safety concerns so that the suspension might be lifted. In the meantime they might have to charter the service of another operator.
This would mean that their fleet of impressive steam locomotives, which includes the Hogwarts Express, could still be taking passengers along the tracks. The company offers trips along the famous route from Fort William to Mallaig which featured in some famous scenes from the Harry Potter movies. If West Coast Railways charter the service of another railway operator it would allow them to honour the tickets they have sold to Harry Potter fans for trips on the Olton Hall steam train which was renamed the Hogwarts Express for the film series.
We hope that West Coast Railways sort out all the safety concerns and that there is no rail incident. Train crashes are thankfully a rarity; most train related injuries happen as a result of accidents on board trains. If you have had an accident on public transport in the UK or abroad which was not your fault you could claim compensation for your personal injury.
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