Official Statement

At around 17.45 on Sunday 20th September 2020 an incident occurred in which a passenger locomotive’s leading wheelset became derailed after hitting a sheep. The train was carrying eight passengers plus train crew comprising driver and guard. No injuries were incurred by either passengers or crew.

At 18.08 after consulting with both the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), approval was granted for the train to be recovered from its location near to Walkmill Summit, which is near to Irton Road station.

At 18.22 a train was despatched from Ravenglass to recover the passengers, following which the locomotive would be rerailed.

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway continues to liaise with its regulator, the ORR, and apologies sincerely to its passengers for the disruption to their day. Sheep are commonplace about the railway and are very rarely struck by the trains.

A thorough inspection of the track will take place with a view to the resumption of normal service from tomorrow morning, Monday 21st September 2020.

Sunday 20th of September 2020

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