Collision on Great Central Railway

Collision of a locomotive with carriages at Great Central Railway's Loughborough Central station, 4 February 2006

On 4th February 2006 a steam locomotive travelling at low speed towards Loughborough Central station collided with the rearmost of six carriages berthed at platform 1. Two members of GCR staff sustained minor injuries. The locomotive and one carriage sustained damage.

The immediate cause of the collision was that the driver did not apply the locomotive brake. Factors that contributed to the incident were the driver and fireman being distracted from looking out, reduced visibility due to a concentration of steam, and the driver’s reduced visual acuity when not wearing spectacles.

RAIB has made four recommendations to Great Central Railways as a result of our investigation. They cover:

  • revising its Rule Book and training
  • ensuring members of staff comply with the requirements of their medical certificates
  • ensuring its policy on medical certification and recertification is properly applied
  • ensuring a first aid kit is provided and clearly indicated in all locomotive cabs


Response to recommendations:

  • RAIB will periodically update the status of recommendations as reported to us by the relevant safety authority or public body.
  • RAIB may add comment, particularly if we have concerns regarding these responses.

RAIB recommendation response for Loughborough Central station

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