RAC jumps to aid of train
Wednesday 27 July 1994
Within hours, the mighty Monarch of the Glen was moving again, thundering through the Scottish Highlands with 80 passengers after being effectively jump-started by a recovery crew.
Trouble befell the 13-coach train on a luxury excursion from London to Scotland when it pulled into Edinburgh early on Saturday.
The train was found to have a faulty generator van - needed to power lighting and air conditioning on a day when temperatures were set to reach 78 degrees. BR's control centre at Crewe was alerted but realised the van needed a charger of a type not found at maintenance depots.
So it called the RAC, which alerted a contractor near Edinburgh. The recovery crew borrowed a BR trolley to move two huge batteries alongside the train and got the generator van operating again - leaving British Rail with a call-out bill for pounds 92.50
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