Rickerscote Accident Aftermath 10 March 1996

On 8 March 1996 the Mossend to Willesden Transrail freight train derailed at Rickerscote (just south of Stafford), after an axle on one of the liquid carbon dioxide tankers failed. Unfortunately the wreckage was almost immediately struck by 86239 hauling the 1S09 Cardiff to Glasgow TPO. This is the scene two days later, with recovery operations underway. 86239 has jack knifed, and come perilously close to the nearby house. The crane is about to lift one of the TPO vehicles, while one of the CO2 tankers can seen wedged up against one of the catenary masts.