Old 6th Jul 2019, 09:09
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Originally Posted by davews View Post
I think it is unwise to speculate what happened. But in this day and age when I can sit in my house and see what trains are on that line at any time (to the nearest track circuit) I fail to see why the track workers cannot do similar and know there is a train on its way. It was a scheduled train running on time, they should have been expecting it, and the banksman if he had just a mobile phone could have double checked and reminded the men. Ear protectors are irrelevant.

A tragic loss and we all must just wait until the RAIB report comes out.
Rule one of working on a live track. Never, ever rely on the timetable - it doesn't allow for additional trains/light engines.
The Banksman is actually a look-out man.
Mobile 'phones cannot be relied upon. It's a given that when one is required to be used the signal will be lost.
British Rail/Eurostar 1969-2012.
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