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Stranded train passengers rescued after landslip

A huge emergency response swung into action today after a night of heavy rain triggered a train derailment and left several areas of west Cumbria devastated by flash floods.

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Intersting to note that Sellafield turned down request to assist in rescuing/transporting stranded passengers.

as for Norther rail offfering bus service from Sellafield to Whitehave - what they don't tell you is that they won't/don't hold the Carlisle bound train at Whitehaven until the buses arrive!!!!

Feel sorry for anyone wanting to go to Parton or Harrington - Friday's bus went straight to Workington

Posted by stranded passenger on 1 September 2012 at 07:51

To Anon and others - unless you can control the weather then there isn't that much you can do to prevent events like this - at the end of the day we don't live in a perfect world.
Am sure that the people affected by these recent floods are not at all concerned that the world is looking on and find them embarrassing. They have more important things to think about and get on with.

Posted by Jackie on 31 August 2012 at 11:24

Well Jim,

I think you will find we are having, and will be having a lot more 'acts of God' in years to come - increased global temperature will lead to warmer water in the oceans - hence more energy and more destructive weather patterns. Then throw in a shifting Jet Stream for good measure. That's an act of man, not God.

Posted by Tim on 31 August 2012 at 10:44

Would just like to say a massive thank you to the train staff who stayed calm and professional throughout the ordeal!
I knew we'd hit something big but didn't realise the severity of the situation until i saw pictures on the news.
We are lucky to see another day!

Posted by passenger on 31 August 2012 at 09:08

Couldn't agree more Anon, It's no wonder we are often referred to as 'Dumbrians' by the travelling contractor workforce on site.

Posted by Pipster on 31 August 2012 at 08:02

@phil. Grab a grip mate. Those flasks are over 2ft thick of lead and concrete. And carrying depleted radioactive materials. Even on that stretch of railway they arent going at any speed hence why it didnt tip. Unlike the unfortunate events at greyrigg where their travelling over 100mph.

Posted by dougal on 31 August 2012 at 00:32

"This is climate change in action."

No its not. In the past we would have called it an 'act of god', your claiming of 'climate change' as been responsible is just as based in fact.

Posted by Jim on 30 August 2012 at 23:38

Well done to all services involved!! but think we need to use other rescue services, as theres a lot that are trained up in swift water & flood rescue which are not uesed and would free up the fire service, police ect...to do ohter duties

Posted by Dave on 30 August 2012 at 22:43

I'm on holiday at the moment, abroad. My foreign friends who have visited me in Cumbria many times can't stop laughing. "What, railway lines in Cumbria, where it rains all the time aren't waterproof? Did you not have some bridges washed away recently? Who's in charge of keeping it all together?" (rough translation). Network Rail, Northern Rail, Sellafield and everyone else involved should remember that in the age of the Internet and Sky News the world looks on. You are an embarrassing us all!

Posted by Anon on 30 August 2012 at 21:23

People must have very short memory's if they think this sort of thinking is a new or worsening phenomenon.

Posted by Matthew Dryden on 30 August 2012 at 21:23

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