Police probe sleeper theft behind train derailment

2010-06-21 12:09

Police are probing the theft of railway sleepers which led to the

derailment of a train with 627 people on board outside Cullinan.

No arrests had been made, said Lieutenant-Colonel Eugene Opperman.

It was not clear when the sleepers were stolen, he said.

The steam locomotive, owned and operated by a private operator

Friends of Rail, derailed 800m from the Cullinan railway station yesterday

afternoon, landing on its side.

No-one was injured.

Cullinan would have been the train’s final stop before it returned

to Pretoria. Yesterday, the Railway Safety Regulator said it had also initiated

an investigation. It said the train used a branch line and normal commuter

operations had not been affected.

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