Originally Posted by Martin the Martian
The train didn't even blink.
They are remarkably resilient things. Once you get past the fiberglass nose body fairing things get solid quickly, particularly below what is known as the Sole Bar. Basically the equivalent to the chassis top. Thats the bit all the equipment is hung on underneath and the body bolted to above.
Had cause to walk round a Class 321 commuter unit that found 6 cows wandering around the track while the train was doing about 60mph. Coupler and ancillary equipment was damaged but still in place. Betsy and friends were hamburger material. Driver was fine, if a little off beef for a while, passengers barely spilt their Costa.
That said, in East Anglia we've had a couple of train/trailer incidents, they are a bit firmer than cow and there have been injuries.
This was lucky it wasn't another Ufton Nervet, which was very, very sad.