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Electrical fault causes train fire

  : Tuesday December 14, 1999
A hundred passengers were evacuated from a train which caught fire near Eastleigh, Hampshire today, 14 December.
The fire occurred on the second carriage of the train and was apparently caused by an electrical fault. Firefighters extinguished the blaze under the train which was described by police as "a small fire which didn't enter the carriage".

Passengers were evacuated and walked a short distance to Eastliegh station. Four were treated for smoke inhalation.

The train was a London - Weymouth service operated by South Western Trains. It was unable to continue its journey as a collector shoe, which picks-up electrical current from the third rail had become welded to the track.

In November, a SWT Portsmouth - London train was involved in a similar incident near Rowlands Castle.
Web sources:
100 evacuated in train fire
BBC Online 14 Dec 1999
250 evacuate SWT train on fire
The News 14 Dec 1999
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