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February 13, 1971

February 13, 1971

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Clean up following the derailment of the 7.30 Sligo goods train at the 46 mile signal cabin, Co. Westmeath...Searched some newspapers online for a story about this derailment, but to no avail, so grateful thanks to Flying Snail ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyingsnail/ ) for the following:."Crash at 46 Mile Box.On 12th February a number of wagons on the 19:30 goods (Sligo - ex North Wall) were derailed. They piled up just on the Mullingar side of the signal cabin completely blocking the line..It appears that a wagon in the middle of the train was derailed some distance on the Dublin side of the cabin and that the following wagons came off the road at the level crossing..Trains were diverted via Portarlington and buses were called in until the following evening, when the siding was slewed into the running line to allow trains to pass the accident scene..Loco A44r went down with the Inchicore crane, leaving North Wall around 3:00 on the 13th. A51r attended with 2M, the Athlone crane. Three oil tankers - nos. 1720, 1726 and 1732 had run down the embankment on the down side and two were upside down in a stream..The line was eventually cleared by the evening of the 14th, when A44r etc.. returned to Dublin around 21:00..Irish Railway News (May, 1971, Vol 17/2)"..Date: Saturday, 13 February 1971..NLI Ref.: ODEA 75/13 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000307733 )





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