Class 25 Action

Dovey Junction Saturday 27th August 1983

1J20 07:35 Euston - Aberystwyth

From the 27th August 1983 Aberystwyth pictures.

25117 (front) and 25237 manage to drag the 07.35 Euston - Aberystwyth just about 200m out of Dovey Junction station before stopping. The brakes on 25237 had started to stick when leaving Machynlleth and the driver hadn't realised that was why the train had been struggling. On departure from Dovey Junction the seriously overheated brakes had 'welded' themselves onto the wheels of '237 and the train ground to a halt just outside the station. For almost two minutes the driver attempted to get the train to move by applying maximum thrash to the now stationary train. The guard applied the train brake just seconds before we did! Unfortunately by then six of the train's eight traction motors had been burnt out or failed.

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