Portugal: Freight train derailment at Coimbra
from our Safety Correspondent : Tuesday, June 22, 1999
A freight train derailment at Coimbra on the Oporto to Lisbon mainline disrupted intercity services for 24 hours on 29 May 1999. A 5600 class locomotive No. 5629 hauling two loaded class 399 coil wagons and 8 empty wagons derailed due to track irregularities. The train derailed at the 6th wagon (a class 082). The driver had applied the brakes at a signal.
There is some concern in CP currently over the use of the brake and the empty/loaded changeover valve which if incorrectly set can emphasise any irregularities in the track.
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