Footage by Nick Dyke
This is one of Doug Nicholls slides I have scanned and shows a derailment. , Doug thinks it was near Axminster .
The date on the slide is a process date of June 1973 .
Note vanfits and a tank wagon that have come off. I wonder if any readers can add further details of this derailment and confirm if it is nr Axminster.
Roger Geach , slide credit to Doug Nicholls please
If you look centre left you can see vehicles on the roadside.
Also the goods train is hauled by a D10XX CLASS 52 loco.
I don't recall this accident as I wasn't on the railway at that time.
I've enjoyed the coverage of 6201,a lot of busy cameras!!,plus all the other inputs. cheers JOHN C. Thank you John.
Many thanks David - what else is there to learn?
Dave Tozer says it was at Fosse road bridge,which is probably the correct name for it. When I worked at Axminster Station the pw gang always called it Coaxdon bridge, after the little hamlet close by, so that's the name I have always known it by. The photo is taken looking towards Chard junction.
Thinking back a bit, I do recall seeing a box van in the field when passing by in the train one day on the way to Exeter and wondering how it got there.So now I know.
Learning all the time. CHEERS JOHN C.
He informed me that the driver of this freight train derailment was his father Bill Melluish. The farmers locally did quite well from this incident as it was carrying fertiliser.
He also mentioned that he had some newspaper cuttings of the event.
Many Thanks Melvyn