Fraser Pithie

  • Morpeth crash: I helped two survivors

    Morpeth crash: I helped two survivors

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    THE feature by Fraser Pithie on the Morpeth Curve (RM Sept) was a fascinating read, which allowed me to re-live my involvement in the 1984 crash. We lived at 45 Low Stobhill at the time of the 1984 crash. I loved the fact there were trains at the bottom of my garden, and my son and…

  • Railway Accidents: Lamentable Failures

    Railway Accidents: Lamentable Failures

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    Thirty-one people lost their lives on Tuesday, October 5, 1999, when a Thames Trains Class 165 ‘Turbo’ collided with a First Great Western InterCity125 at a combined speed of 130mph at Ladbroke Grove, two miles from London Paddington. Fraser Pithie and The Railway Magazine look back over 20 years to one of Britain’s worst post-Privatisation…

  • Railway accidents: Curve of unintended outcome

    Railway accidents: Curve of unintended outcome

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    A severe curve on the East Coast Main Line located at the Northumberland town of Morpeth became infamous after two railway accidents within 15 years.

  • First Class 91 withdrawn to become spares donor

    First Class 91 withdrawn to become spares donor

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    LNER Class 91 No. 91108 became the first of the 31-strong class to be taken out of service on July 22. Withdrawal of Class 91s was anticipated following the introduction of the Hitachi ‘Azuma’ trains on LNER services, and is in line with LNER’s plans to hand locos back to the leasing company.  The operator made…

  • Terrible state of the lineside – RM readers voice concerns

    Terrible state of the lineside – RM readers voice concerns

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    I AM a driver with a UK train operator and raised the issue of the state of the lineside about eight years ago with Network Rail, citing the points that both The RM and David Nattress made.   Their answer?  “We and our contractors clean-up after every job and we recovered enough scrap rail to go…

  • Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ No. 390039 named to mark Coventry as City of Culture 2021

    Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ No. 390039 named to mark Coventry as City of Culture 2021

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    The name was chosen following a competition on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire.

  • Sentry at the Gate: How the North Warwickshire Line avoided closure

    Sentry at the Gate: How the North Warwickshire Line avoided closure

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    Fifty years ago this month, the Court of Appeal imposed an injunction on the British Railways Board which prevented them from withdrawing passenger services between Tyseley and Stratford-upon-Avon. Fraser Pithie tells the fascinating tale of how the actions of several campaigners thwarted BR’s closure ‘by stealth’ bid in 1969.  THREE years after the publication of…

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