Locomotive collision at Great Central, Loughborough, UK

“Sounded like a bomb had gone off”

THE moment a locomotive collided with the back of the Royal Mail carriage at Great Central Railway in Loughborough has been described as sounding “like a bomb going off”.

Sidney James, of Whitehouse Avenue, took a picture after hearing an “explosion” at the back of his house at 12.30pm on May 12.

“It was like a bomb going off! It shook the house” he told the Echo. “I think it was a Deltic. I’ve heard people say it was a runaway. It ran into a Royal Mail carriage.”

A Great Central Railway (GCR) spokeswoman said the locomotive involved in shunting was Class 37, number 37 198.

She added: “The railway was not open to the public at the time and there were no injuries of any kind.

“The GCR has started an internal enquiry and the Railway Accident Investigation Branch have been informed. While these are carried out there will be no further comment.

“There will be no effect on our passenger train timetable.”

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