1 May 2012
The UK has just suffered from its wettest April in 90 years, with much of the rainfall falling in the last few days. The result has been a number of landslides around the country, including two on railway lines (see here for previous examples of landslides on railway lines):
1. Train derailed at the Clarborough Tunnel in Nottinghamshire
The more serious incident occurred at the entrance to the Clarborough Tunnel near to Retford in Nottinghamshire, when a train hit debris from a small landslide and was derailed (image from ITN News):
Network Rail (the track operator) tweeted an image of the landslide:
Two people suffered minor injuries in the derailment.
2. Landslide at Slochd in Scotland
Meanwhile on Thursday there was a landslide on the line between Inverness and Aviemore, again caused by heavy rainfall. On this occasion this slip was on a slope below the tracks. ScotRail, the track operator, tweeted an image of the landslide: