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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Off the Rails - well, almost...


Teenage joyriders take 49-ton shunting engine for a spin
By Paul Stokes
(Filed: 01/06/2006)

Two youths took a 49-ton locomotive on a 15-minute joyride around a busy railway terminal as staff worked around them.
They arrived on BMX bicycles, climbed into the 350bhp Class 08 shunting engine and started it up.
They then set off, stopping to change points manually to switch tracks, as they drove up and down Tinsley marshalling yard, in Sheffield.
It was only when a security guard decided to check who was at the controls that they stopped and leapt out before pedalling off.
Det Sgt Paul Kazimierczyk said: "I have never come across anybody taking a joyride on a loco."
Daily Telegraph

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