Owners write off derailed locomotive due to costs [Scotsman]

Date: 15/02/2013

A locomotive which ploughed down an embankment in the Highlands after a landslide is to be cut up because it is too expensive to recover. The freight engine, named the Eco Express, will be cannibalised for spare parts despite escaping serious damage, although experts said it was “incredibly unusual” to write off a locomotive that was only ten years old and cost upto £2m

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Owners write off derailed locomotive due to costs


A locomotive which ploughed down an embankment in the Highlands after a landslide is to be cut up because it is too expensive to recover.

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During a brief lull in the rain 66734, with around 24 loaded wagons, approaches Brooks Level Crossing west of Cardross heading north on 28 June 2012. Later in the journey the train was to derail near Tulloch [see image 39479] with the locomotive subsequently being cut up on site, as a cost-effective recovery was not possible.
Location: Brooks Crossing
Company: Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway
28/06/2012 Ewan Crawford
GBRf 66734 'The Eco Express' lying alongside Loch Trieg on 4 July 2012 following derailment in the aftermath of a landslip on 28 June. The locomotive will be particularly difficult to recover from this inaccessible spot, although the tank wagons are due to be lifted clear fairly soon. [See image 44705]
Location: Loch Treig
Company: West Highland Railway
04/07/2012 John Gray
67004, still in EWS livery, passes GBRf 66734 'The Eco Express' in its green shroud. The class 66 is to be cut up on site. What must pass through other driver's minds passing this location?
Location: Loch Treig
Company: West Highland Railway
12/02/2013 Ewan Crawford

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