Brighton Line Derailment

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9 Jun 2005
A landslide has caused a derailment on the slow lines near Redhill. BBC news story here.

Derailed train between Redhill and Purley via Merstham

Time Reported: 12:41
Route Affected: Watford Junction/London Victoria – East Croydon – Merstham - Redhill – Gatwick Airport – Haywards Heath – Brighton & Tunbridge Wells – Tonbridge – Redhill – Gatwick Airport – Three Bridges – Horsham
TOC/s Affected: First Capital Connect, Gatwick Express, Southeastern, Southern
Description: Train services between Redhill and Purley via Merstham are being disrupted due to a derailed passenger train in the Merstham area after a landslip. There are no reported injuries to members of the public or train crew. Train services are currently at a stand in the Merstham and Redhill area. Train services not at a stand are being diverted not calling at Merstham and Redhill. Delays up to 20 minutes can be expected due to congestion in the area.
Easements: London Buses are accepting National Rail tickets between East Croydon and Redhill via Purley
Updates: 13:52 Road replacement transport is in operation between Redhill and Purley in both directions

There is currently no estimate for a normal train service to resume
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Established Member
28 Jan 2006
Wittersham Kent
does anyone know how fast the train was going?
The line speed here is 90 mph. This was an Arun Valley Line train so would have called at Redhill and the next stop would be East Croydon. It is normal for an Arun Valley train to begin to be checked at about this location for Stoats Nest Junction where it is scheduled to be routed over the 70 mph crossover to the Fast Lines.
In normal running you could expect the train to be doing 70 to 80 mph here.


*turns over to page 3*

Oh, an article about how nutter is a nutter, not that interesting.
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