18 th April 1980
On Friday 18 April 1980 the APT
P-Train 370001+370005, had an axle come apart while travelling at 125 mph.
The train was conveying a party of VIP`s on a run from Glasgow to Carnforth along with
David Boocock, the Chief APT Design Engineer.
David Boocock, realised there was a
problem when he heard ballast being blasted against the floor of the coach. He pulled the
communication cord and stopped the train, but not before it had traversed a reverse curve
at maximum cant deficiency with the axle in two halves.The train came to a stand, near
Yealand, (SD516763) just to the north of Carnforth. There were no injuries, and damage to
the track and train were minimal.
The nose of the broken down APT at Yealand.
18th April 1980.
Photograph courtesy of John Lancaster.
One of the trailer
car axles had been mis-assembled, and the ring of bolts that held the two halves of the
hydrokinetic braked axle had come apart, derailing itself.
Temporary repairs were undertaken, and then the train was moved to the Carnforth
"Up" loop, where it remained for most of the 19th April, whilst further repairs
were made.The train was still at Carnforth at 18:20.
All three P-Trains were temporarily
withdrawn while every axle was checked.
April 1980 I travelled on an advertised day excursion from Loughborough
to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. The trip also included a
stopover at Carnforth for a visit to the steam centre. I stayed on
Carnforth station to photograph main line traffic. As we arrived
from the south I noticed a derailed APT in the loop south of the
station. As we passed I couldn’t get a decent photograph as a
coach from the rescue train obscured the bulk of the mishap.
Whilst it was probably sensible for the coach to be positioned there, I
couldn’t help but feel that it was strategically placed to prevent
viewing of the mishap from passing trains! BR certainly wouldn’t
have relished a picture of Britain’s new wonder train gracing the front
of the daily papers in such a predicament!
John Lancaster, Ron Herbert, David H,
Kit Spackman, Andy, Paul Leadley (APT-E Conservation & Support Group)
Rob Latham, APT-P Support Team, The Railway Age, Vernon Way, Crewe, CW1 2DB
For their help in researching this information.
took the attached from Carnforth station and the APT was a little
distant, but as you can see, the coaches at the rear are clearly off
the rails – quite whether as a result of the derailment, or by the
rerailing gangs struggling with the articulated coaches I don’t
know. At the time I recall BR quoted the derailment as being
rather minor, suggesting heavy ballasting had caused one of the bogies
to derail in a rather trivial fashion. This picture tends to
suggest it may have been a little more serious!
notes on the back of the picture state that the approaching loco in the
foreground was 40083. To the right of this is the stock of our
train waiting to take us forwards later in the day to Ravenglass (out
of interest my notes also state that we used three different loco’s at
Carnforth that day – arriving initially behind 47196, going to
Ravenglass and back behind 40117 and finally departing for home with
85020 – we swapped engines a fourth and final time at Crewe with 46002
taking us on to Loughborough)