Wiltshire

Longleat miniature railway derails for third time

A miniature train at Longleat Adventure Park has derailed for the third time in three years.

Managers at the centre said the train was "reversing back" towards a station when the "rear bogie of the last carriage" derailed, on Sunday.

All the passengers on the train were taken off and escorted away and nobody was injured.

The train service has been suspended while a "thorough investigation is carried out", Longleat added.

The train previously derailed in August and the BBC learned of a similar incident which took place in 2011.

'No technical issues'

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is investigating August's derailment. The result of that probe has not yet been released.

An ORR spokesman said it was looking into the latest derailment alongside the August one.

Information from Sunday's incident would "inform" the August investigation, he said.

A Longleat spokesman said he was "confident there are no technical issues with the train or the track".

"The train was operating during a private event and Longleat have been in full communication with the event organisers," he added.

The ORR regulates health and safety for the entire mainline rail network in Britain, as well as London Underground, light rail, trams and the heritage sector.

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Image caption In August, a woman suffered a broken leg when the train derailed

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