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Runaway train chaos at Enfield

May 6, 2011News

A runaway train caused mayhem on Sydney’s major freight line at Enfield on Tuesday when it crashed into several empty fuel wagons and derailed.

The train, made up of 28 wagons and weighing in at over 2500t, had remained stationary all weekend but ran away at 12:45 pm, taking the empty fuel tanks and an overhead wiring stanchion with it before coming to rest across the Up and Down Main freight lines.

An onlooker described the smash as, “the scariest thing I have ever seen.”

At the time of the incident some of the break shoes were being replaced on the train, as the rake of aggregate wagons was undergoing maintenance.

The incident, having undergone a preliminary investigation, will be formally investigated in the coming weeks.

Thankfully, there were no injuries caused.