|Accident at Wrawby Junction on 9th December 1983
On the 13th of December 1983 there was a nasty crash at Wrawby Junction, near Barnetby station in North Lincolnshire, England. According to Wikipedia, "It happened when a freight train collided at low speed with the side of a local passenger train. The first carriage of the passenger train was derailed and turned over onto its side, and one passenger was killed instantly."
So was this the crash foretold by the psychic? At first it appeared not. The number on this particular engine was 47299 and not 47216.
But following the crash, a rail enthusiast Howard Johnston, of Sawtry, Cambridgeshire, recalled phoning Immingham train depot to ask why 47216 had been renumbered and was told by staff that they had been warned of a clairvoyant's predictions and made a special application to British Railways Headquarters in London to change the number.
Newspaper enquiries, checked out his story with BR and confirmed 47299's history - it was previously numbered 47216. So the psychic was proven to be correct.
The prediction was not mentioned at the official inspectorate hearing of the accident. A BR spokesman said: "We regard the whole thing as an amazing coincidence." source.
In 1992 S D Boner, BR Area Fleet Manage, confirmed that, "Renumbering of locomotives occurs quite frequently for many varied reasons, all of which are decided at Headquarters level"
An Accident Summary of the Wrawby Junction crash can be seen in the Railways Archive.
|In Jan 1999 47299 was taken inside and completely cut up. Photo: R.Lushman
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