Miniature train overturns in Co Down

Published Saturday, 02 August 2014
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A woman and four young children had to be treated in hospital for minor injuries on Saturday after the miniature train they were in overturned near Newtownards, Co Down.

Miniature train overturns in Co Down
A woman and four children, under the age of five, were treated in A&E. (© UTV)

They were treated and discharged within hours for what an Ulster Hospital spokesperson said were "non-serious injuries."

They were hurt when a miniature train, run by the Belfast and Co Down Miniature Railway Society toppled over on its track, at the Drumawhey Junction, located at the Four Road Ends/Upper Gransha Road, just outside Newtownards.

The train driver Michael Severn described how the last coach toppled over, creating a domino effect, pulling the connecting coach and engine off the miniature train tracks.

"I think somebody moved in one of the coaches and the track was very wet and slippery from all the heavy rain and that's it came off the track," he said.

"There were nine [people] on it in total, plus a few babies in arms. They're all just shaken up but thankfully everyone appeared ok," said Mr Severn.

He added that he himself was quite shaken up, but had been more worried about his passengers.

He said that within a very short space of time, the miniature railway was back on the track and running again.

A cross community organisation, the railway society has just over 60 members who, on an entirely voluntary basis, run the society and maintain its 12 engines.

© UTV News
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Michelle in Northern ireland wrote (178 days ago):
The train was going too fast. As it took the corner it de railed. This was not the fault of any ones movements. Two of the children are only 6months and 8months old.
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