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RAIB to investigate cause of freight train derailment in Birmingham

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is to launch a full investigation into what caused the derailment of a freight train in Birmingham last month.

The incident happened on 26 August when the rear four wagons of the train, which was travelling between Banbury and Barrow-on-Soar, near Bordesley Junction in Birmingham derailed and re-railed. The RAIB said its preliminary investigation revealed that a wheel flange climbed over the outer rail of a curve on the approach to the junction.

There was extensive track damage at Bordesley Junction and some damage to the vehicles involved although no-one was hurt and no evidence has been found that the driving of the train or the operation of the signalling system played a part in causing the accident.

The RAIB’s investigation will include an examination of the condition of the train and the track to establish the mechanism of the derailment.

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