The Anonymous Widower

New Safety Issue Emerges: LNER Azumas Put On Hold

The title of this post, is the same as that of an article in Edition 863 of Rail Magazine.

One reason is that when running North of York, there is electro-magnetic interference with the signalling in electric mode.

But the other is that the inter-vehicle connectors could be used to climb on the roof. Apparently a man.of very little brain was killed, when he climbed on the roof of a Class 390 train at Manchester Piccadilly using that trains similar connectors.

Perhaps everybody who goes within fifty metres of a railway should have to see a psychiatrist first and be given a certificate. And that would be necessary for driving across a level crossing!

October 11, 2018 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. The claim is that that the ‘victim’ climbed the cables ‘like a ladder’ to get on top of the train, although having looked at them, you would still need to be pretty athletic to do so as there are only three sets to climb over 3m. Unclear whether this was an impromptu attempt to obtain a Darwen award, or suicide. I suspect impaired judgement due to consumption of alcohol.
    you don’t need to have an Azuma to die this way – e.g. at Manchester Oxford Road: –

    Comment by Mark Clayton | October 11, 2018 | Reply

    • Perhaps we should ban alcohol within fifty meyres of trains I’m writing this after just being offered wine on a Eurostar to Amsterdam.

      Comment by AnonW | October 11, 2018 | Reply

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