It looks like an earthquake at problem area on Scunthorpe to Doncaster railway line where buses are replacing trains till it's fixed
WITH the Scunthorpe to Doncaster railway line likely to be out of action for another four months after February's landslide near Hatfield and Stainforth, Scunthorpe Telegraph reporter AMY DOWNWARD visited the site to learn first hand just how big a job lies ahead for engineers working to fix the tracks.
WHEN I first got the invitation for a site visit to the railway line damaged by the spoil heap slip at Stainforth I was very intrigued to see the cause of the massive disruption to trains.
We all had to put on safety trousers and jackets, steel toe boots and helmets before being transported down to the site.
As we approached the line, I was very dubious about the mound of material piled up by our side but was reassured that we were not allowed to go near the area deemed "unsafe".
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To see the extent of the damage to the railway was unbelievable. Compared to the straight track leading up to the damage it was hard to imagine how the line had been twisted and moved so much.
It has left some of the track almost at right angles to its normal position. It looked like the after-effects of an earthquake or the scene of a disaster film.
The mound of earth piled high under the line made you think about the massive amount of work that will be needed to repair the line.
Even the nearby electricity pylons were bent due to the force of the land slip.
View a video of the damage on our website – visit www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk