The train consisted of ten 100-ton Class A tank wagons loaded with light distillate feed stock with an empty coal wagon as a barrier at each end, drawn by a Class 48 diesel locomotive. The cause of the fire was brake block sparks during braking that ignited vaporized oil spilt from unsecured hatches. The subsequent heavy braking by the driver after he first saw the wagons on fire caused more oil to spill and so increased the extent of the fire. Out-of-place hatch lids may have been the prime cause of spillage rather than oversight in fastening. It is now the rule that hatches shall be secured after loading before the wagons are moved forward, as well as an independent inspection after securing before despatch.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1970-1-2

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  • Accession Number: 00037779
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1976 12:00AM