Terribly Tired: The 2001 Great Heck Train Crash


The location of Great Heck in Europe.
The site of the initial collision (upper marker) and the site near Pollington Lane Bridge where most of the wreckage came to a rest (bottom marker).

The vehicles involved

A four-door Land Rover 110 very similar to the one involved in the accident.
A Renault 21/Savanna station wagon identical to the one trailered by the Land Rover.
A Mark 4 DVT identical to the one involved in the accident, photographed in 2006.
A GNER Mark 4 first class Intercity car identical to those following behind the DVT photographed in 2006.
The two distinctly different ends of a Class 91 locomotive.
Class 91 91023, the locomotive pushing the train on the day of the accident, in its pre-GNER livery in March 1995.
A Freightliner coal train identical to the one involved in the accident.

The accident

Photos from the report showing the marks of the Land Rover’s tires leaving the road.
A graphic from the report showing the wreckage of the Land Rover after the accident.
A photo from the report showing the destroyed service car sitting in the wreckage.
The remains of the DVT (bottom) compared to an intact unit (top) as pictured in the report.


An aerial photo of the main wreckage, givig an idea of the forces involved in the collision.
The Freightliner-locomotive sitting in a garden after the crash (top) and after being recovered (bottom).
Coach M sitting in the wreckage with the Class 66’s bogie lodged in its side.
The destroyed Land Rover sitting next to the Motorway overpass
Two of the cars that were nowhere near one-another sitting jammed-together in the wreckage, along with a bogie of a third car.
Car F following its recovery, with a massive dent left by the service car (G).
The locomotive from the involved intercity, repainted and renumbered, sitting in a scrapyard earlier in 2021.


Freightliner Class 66 #66526 “Driver Steve Dunn (George)”. You can see the plaque to the left of the large “Freightliner”-lettering. Photographed in 2005.
The memorial at the site of the crash, coincidentially with another DVT-led IC225 passing in the background.

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