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Post by The Orange One » 22 Jul 2013, 15:48

On the southbound Northern line from High Barnet. Driver must have been new, as when he reached West Finchley he started going north - back up the line. Has this ever happened to anyone?
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Re: Backwards

Post by tubeguru » 22 Jul 2013, 16:16

How on Earth did you work out that the driver must have been "new" to have done that?

The signaller would have had to have set the route and signals knowing he was going to do it. You can't just change ends and drive off in the opposite direction.
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Post by The Orange One » 22 Jul 2013, 16:20

He didn't head down the train. He must have put the train into reverse. He didn't get very far, though.
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Post by tubeguru » 22 Jul 2013, 16:21

all545londonbuses wrote:He didn't head down the train. He must have put the train into reverse. He didn't get very far, though.
Ah, that throws up all sorts of interesting questions. Such as can you actually motor in reverse in a 95TS train? I know someone who will know for certain.
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Re: Backwards

Post by greatkingrat » 22 Jul 2013, 16:22

Was this before or after the doors had opened?
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Post by tubeguru » 22 Jul 2013, 16:24

I am asking my wife's best friend, who is a Northern line driver. Stand by for updates ...
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Post by The Orange One » 22 Jul 2013, 16:26

After the doors had closed - just when the train should have been moving off.
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Post by tubeguru » 22 Jul 2013, 16:27

When did this happen? And it moved backwards AFTER the doors had closed?
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Post by The Orange One » 22 Jul 2013, 16:32

Yes, it moved backwards after the doors had closed. Happened just after 2:30 today.
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Post by tubeguru » 22 Jul 2013, 16:33

OK, my friend will look at the daily report tomorrow and let me know. She was held at Kentish Town because of some sort of problem at West Finchley earlier, as it happens.

Are you sure it was at 14.30?
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Post by The Orange One » 22 Jul 2013, 16:36

Well it was just after. I'm not sure exactly. I know it was 14:24 from High Barnet - the bus I was on reached High Barnet at 14:24 and I only just had time to get into the station, touch in and get on before the train left.
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Post by tubeguru » 22 Jul 2013, 16:39

OK, info passed on.

How far would you say the train reversed?
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Re: Backwards

Post by Iain » 25 Jul 2013, 03:53

I seem to recall reading of an incident at the back end of last year when some sort of maintenance carriage broke loose and started rolling back down the slope north of Euston/Camden-ish, can't remember the details, and they put trains behind it into reverse. I'm vague on the details so could be wrong.

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Re: Backwards

Post by greatkingrat » 25 Jul 2013, 10:16

You are probably thinking of this incident

http://www.raib.gov.uk/publications/inv ... 092011.cfm
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Re: Backwards

Post by Iain » 25 Jul 2013, 12:23

that's the one - longer ago than I realised :)
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