Passengers climb down ladder in Lancashire train drama

DELAY A Northern Rail train

DELAY A Northern Rail train

First published in News Preston and Leyland Citizen: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Reporter

PASSENGERS were evacuated via ladders after a train broke down between Blackburn and Preston today.

Around 50 passengers were stuck for more than two hours after the Northern Rail service from Colne to Blackpool South experienced mechanical problems between Pleasington and Bamber Bridge at around 9.40am.

After around two hours, another train was sent to the scene and passengers were told to evacuate the train.

They were helped off using ladders and then boarded the replacement train using the same method.

The train finally arrived at Preston at around 12.15pm, more than three hours after leaving Colne.

Subsequent services from Colne, Burnley, Accrington and Blackburn towards Preston were cancelled and delayed well into the afternoon.

Don Hayworth, 69, was travelling from Colne to Kirkham to collect a car.

He said: “It was very stressful, took too long to sort out and ruined a lot of people’s day.”

A Northern Rail spokesman, said: "Due to a circuit breaker fault, the service was unable to progress.

“Another train was deployed onto which we transferred passengers, and this arrived at Preston around two hours after its scheduled time.

“We apologise to all those inconvenienced."

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1:31pm Mon 20 Jun 11

karolgadge says...

Although the report doesn't mention the type of train involved, the usual railcar on the Colne-Blackpool South route is the Class 142, 'Pacer'.
Having travelled on this moulting old bird many times over the past five years, my only surprise is how few breakdowns there are.
Given that the original production run dates from the heyday of Margaret Thatcher (mid-1980s), isn't it about time these unhappy rail-bus hybrids were sent to the great marshalling yard in the sky?

However, as rail companies are squeezed more and more financially, until the very ballast-stones are squeaking, I wouldn't hold out much hope.
Although the report doesn't mention the type of train involved, the usual railcar on the Colne-Blackpool South route is the Class 142, 'Pacer'. Having travelled on this moulting old bird many times over the past five years, my only surprise is how few breakdowns there are. Given that the original production run dates from the heyday of Margaret Thatcher (mid-1980s), isn't it about time these unhappy rail-bus hybrids were sent to the great marshalling yard in the sky? However, as rail companies are squeezed more and more financially, until the very ballast-stones are squeaking, I wouldn't hold out much hope. karolgadge
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3:59pm Mon 20 Jun 11

carrman2 says...

youre not on your own in Lancashire, These rot boxes are still running all over, In south wales some of the rolling stock is over 40 yrs old and falling to bits, more people are travelling by train, Will we ever see some new rolling stock outside London??, I dare not risk using the train to the airport 10-1 it will fail or be cancelled
youre not on your own in Lancashire, These rot boxes are still running all over, In south wales some of the rolling stock is over 40 yrs old and falling to bits, more people are travelling by train, Will we ever see some new rolling stock outside London??, I dare not risk using the train to the airport 10-1 it will fail or be cancelled carrman2
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