Removal of derailed Sheffield freight train continues

Work continues to remove the wagons damaged in the derailment at Sheffield station.

The recovery of a derailed freight train that came off the rails in Sheffield station on Wednesday 11 November will continue over the weekend, as will work to fix track and signalling equipment which was damaged in the incident.

A freight train carrying cement from Hope Cement Works, in the Derbyshire Peak District, to Dewsbury in West Yorkshire derailed in Sheffield station.

Removing one of the wagons from the freight train that derailed in Sheffield station on 11 November 2020.

Network Rail has successfully removed all of the wagons which didn’t derail in the incident and has begun removing cement from those wagons which did derail, to enable them to be safely lifted and removed by a crane. The cement is being removed by heavy-duty vacuums which are operating from nearby Sheaf Street, meaning one of the two lanes in front of the station is closed.

Using a vacuum unit to remove cement from a wagon so it will be light enough to move easily.

Work to remove the wagons will continue overnight and into Saturday, at which stage track repairs can begin.

With some of the station’s platforms out of use, passenger services have been disrupted. Although CrossCountry and TransPennine Express are running a near normal service, and will continue to do so over the weekend, many Northern services are still heavily impacted, with bus replacement services running across a number routes. East Midlands Railway is running an amended timetable between Sheffield, Chesterfield and London St Pancras.

Matthew Rice, Network Rail.

Matt Rice, Network Rail’s North and East route director, said: “We have made progress on site and we’ve begun to remove some of the derailed wagons, which is testament to the hard work of our teams, however there is still a significant amount of work to do.

“We’re really sorry for the impact this is having on passengers and we’re really grateful for your patience whilst we carry out recovery and repairs.”

It is expected that disruption on all routes through Sheffield will be experienced until at least midday on Monday 16 November.

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