Welshpool & Llanfair Countess in collision with car at Cyfronydd


AN INVESTIGATION into a level crossing collision on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway involving original Beyer Peacock 0-6-0T No. 823 Countess and a car is underway.

The collision occurred 11.50am on Thursday, April 5, on the level crossing at Cyfronydd station.

A policeman takes details as the car stands wedged alongside No. 823 Countess. JOHN TITLOW

The driver of the red Chevrolet Spark – a local man in his sixties, the 77 passengers on board and the train crew were unhurt. The car was badly damaged and there was also damage to the locomotive.

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Dyfed-Powys Police were called and train services were cancelled for the rest of the day, while the stock in the incident was returned to Llanfair Caereinion. The road near the station was closed for three hours.

The clearly-visible warning signs at the crossing telling road users to give way to trains. JOHN TITLOW

The railway started its own investigation after informing the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. The railway has declined to make any further comment while the investigation is underway.

Cyfronydd is a halt where trains pass each other when a two train service is operating. Passengers are able to alight and photograph the other locomotive.

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Former Conservative Party leader and Foreign Secretary William Hague lives in nearby Cyfronydd Hall.

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