Tank blows trains off course

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Rail passengers at Tyseley in the West Midlands discovered a new excuse in the long litany of apologies for tardiness. Their station had, overnight, been partially demolished by a tank.

The Warrior tank was being transported on Wednesday night from Salisbury plain to its base at Catterick in North Yorkshire. However, as it went through Birmingham, the turret of the tank smashed into the canopy of the station at Tyseley, leaving much of it scattered on the track.

It was only on arrival at Redmire where the tanks were taken off the train that it was discovered that "there were small particles of wood on the tank".

Rail bosses were then alerted that what looked like a bits of a station roof had been found on the tank.