UPDATED: Train and station evacuated after fire in passenger carriage

Bingley Railway Station (file picture)

Bingley Railway Station (file picture)

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A passenger train and Bingley railway station were evacuated after a driver noticed smoke coming from a rail car after pulling to a halt.

It is believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault and caused only minor damage to the train, but it had a significant impact on services, with Northern Rail warning passengers of delays of up to 60 minutes as a result of the breakdown.

Firefighters were called to the drama at around 4.30 pm and found the train driver had already evacuated passengers and the rest of the station after smoke was spotted.

They isolated the power supply to overhead cables for both directions of track before investigating the incident, which appeared to have been caused by electrics on the train 'shorting' and catching fire.

The resulting damage was minor but rail officials told fire crews the train would have to be left in place for some time before it could be recovered, meaning services in and out of the station would be disrupted until mid-evening.

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Rail bosses also said a fault with overhead wires near Shipley caused disruption to services, although that was fixed by 6pm.

Routes affected were Skipton to Bradford Forster Square and Leeds, and Ilkley to Bradford Forster Square.

 

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8:49pm Mon 18 Aug 14

maniacpony says...

Isn't it brilliant the way trains on the Airedale and Wharfedale lines run between all 4 termini, so one fault on one line buggars up all the rest of the services. Surely there's a better way to do this. With dedicated trains between each terminus, services between Leeds and Ilkley could have run fine this evening, even with disaster at Bingley and Shipley. It is ridiculous one broken down train at (say) Keighley on a morning could ruin trains Ilkley - Leeds, Ilkley - Bradford and Leeds - Bradford.
Isn't it brilliant the way trains on the Airedale and Wharfedale lines run between all 4 termini, so one fault on one line buggars up all the rest of the services. Surely there's a better way to do this. With dedicated trains between each terminus, services between Leeds and Ilkley could have run fine this evening, even with disaster at Bingley and Shipley. It is ridiculous one broken down train at (say) Keighley on a morning could ruin trains Ilkley - Leeds, Ilkley - Bradford and Leeds - Bradford. maniacpony
  • Score: -1

11:35am Tue 19 Aug 14

Medlicott says...

A touch of factual inaccuracy in this item. The train driver did not notice any smoke or evacuate the train, the conductor did. That's their job, maintaining the safety of those on board. If the current government gets their way there will be no conductor on the trains unless there is a financial imperative. So the driver would have trundled off into the tunnel with a carriage on fire unaware of any problems until the fire systems kicked in, by which time it is too late and safety has been compromised. The government has put a price on your safety and they want it to be £0.
A touch of factual inaccuracy in this item. The train driver did not notice any smoke or evacuate the train, the conductor did. That's their job, maintaining the safety of those on board. If the current government gets their way there will be no conductor on the trains unless there is a financial imperative. So the driver would have trundled off into the tunnel with a carriage on fire unaware of any problems until the fire systems kicked in, by which time it is too late and safety has been compromised. The government has put a price on your safety and they want it to be £0. Medlicott
  • Score: 9
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