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RAIB investigating an incident on the RH&DR

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Old 12th September 2019, 22:04
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RAIB investigating an incident on the RH&DR

An incident occurred on the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in August, where 2 trains were allowed into a the single line section between New Romney & Romney Sands. A Hythe-Dungeness train and a Dungeness-Hythe train were approaching each other, stopping approx. 316 metres apart. The RAIB are investingating.

https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2019/09...h-railway.html

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That's not good. At least they stopped well short of each other.

Despite previously living in Kent I never got to ride on the RH&DR.

Presumably the line speed is 25mph?

Do you know if the single line is controlled with tokens, or are trains signalled on and off?

Unauthorised entry onto a SL is about as serious an incident as it gets, but it will be interesting to see whether the cause is systemic, or human failng...or even both.

We await the Safety Digest which RAIB will issue in a few weeks.

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Hi BW,

The RHDR is limited to 25mph as a light railway & is only 15 inch gauge.

I don't know for certain about the signalling system, but I have seen the drivers collecting and surrendering tokens for the single line section between New Romney & Dungeness. They generally collect a token at New Romney to enter the single line section, then exchange with the passing train at Romney Sands before proceeding to Dungeness. They keep this token as the end of the line at Dungeness is a balloon loop and they return to New Romney having traversed the loop, exchanging the token again with the passing train at Romney Sands.

New Romney is fully signalled & controlled by New Romney signal box, so trains entering the single line section here are signalled into the section & they should be in possession of the token. I'm not sure about the remainder of the single line section - it is either controlled by New Romney 'box or it is purely automatic signals linked into the automatic level crossings.

As I'm not in the know, I wouldn't want to speculate further as to what may have gone wrong in this instance.

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Thanks for that Tony.

We'll just have to wait for the RAIB

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G'day Tony and BW,
Yer RAIB mob indicate that they will publish a Safety Digest regarding this incident.
I presume due to there being NO collision nor injury resulting from the safe working incident.
I remember an incident at Zig Zag where the soot belcher collided with a work train.
OTS&T being the safe working system employed.
The collision was only at slow speed resulting in only minor damage.
But, it was one of a number of infringements which ultimately resulted in the Rail Regulator kyboshing their operating licence.
Will hafta wait and see just what yer RAIB mob command.
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