Late on Friday evening 22 March 2019, GWR Class 150/2 No. 150221 became derailed on catch points at the Exeter end of Laira depot, adjacent to the down main line and the River Plym, with one bogie off the track. BRUFF crews commenced a recovery, but a risk was identified that the coach could topple down the embankment into the river, as the ground was water logged. A decission was then taken to request a crane to perform the rescue. With no depot cranes available, the massive125 tonne capacity Kirow crane DRK81612 and its support vehicles were sent. This set off from Westbury via Taunton during the evening of 24 March 2019 to perform the recovery. Looks like GW will be short of another 150 for a few days. Antony Christie
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