Runaway train Caterham to Norwood Jct in 1974

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  1. BingBong50

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    A relative discovered this old newspaper article from 1974 about a runaway train from Caterham to Norwood Junction in 1974.

    There was no one on the train - not even a driver or guard and very fortunately no one hurt. Anyone remember anymore details about the incident?

     

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  3. 30907

    30907 Established Member

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    I vaguely recall the incident. From memory and the picture, the train was diverted into a siding that ended just short of the Up Slow platform. It's still there (the siding not the EPB!) shown on Trackmaps as the Gullet, effectively part of Selhurst Depot.
    Fortunate the set didn't derail going through Purley!
     
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    Oh darn ! :(
     
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    Not unknown - Streatham Hill sidings had a few trains make a break for freedom - no further than the concrete , reinforced buffers at the country end of Balham. Trainscame of worse.
     
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    I like the spin that it was a 'controlled runaway movement'. Perhaps that spokesperson went on to find employment at Alton Towers!
     
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