A prepare which overshot the platform at Edinburgh Waverley earlier in August had an issue with its brakes, inflicting the driving force to lose management, an investigation has discovered.
The Lowland Sleeper service, a part of the Caledonian Sleeper model, overshot the platform on the station by 650m on the morning of August 1.
A Rail Accident Investigation Department (RAIB) preliminary report stated there had been no injury “however the end result might probably have been a lot worse, had it led to a collision with one other prepare.”
The report stated the prepare had eight coaches which had been being hauled by a locomotive connected at Carstairs.
The RAIB stated: “On the method to Edinburgh the driving force found that his prepare’s braking efficiency was effectively under regular.
“The RAIB’s preliminary investigation signifies that he had no management of the brakes on the coaches as a result of a brake pipe isolating valve was within the closed place when the prepare left Carstairs station.”
The motive force solely had management of the brakes on the locomotive, which wasn’t sufficient to sluggish the total prepare.
It continued: “The prepare was delivered to a stand by the operation of an emergency gadget in one of many coaches by the Practice Supervisor, which prompted the prepare brakes to use.”
Investigators will now have a look at how the brake valve got here to be closed and the way the prepare was linked at Carstairs.
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