02:46PM, Monday 16 February 2015
An investigation has been launched by the Rail Accident Investigation Bureau (RAIB) into a fire that caused 'serious damage' to a train in Windsor.
The 19.53 South West Trains service from Windsor and Eton Riverside to London Waterloo had gone about 400 metres from the station on January 30 when the fire started.
A small bang was heard under the sixth carriage of the 10-carriage train, followed by about five seconds of 'severe' sparking and flashing.
The train, which was travelling at about 15 mph at the time, stopped immediately.
Some smoke entered the carriages through ventilators and the two passengers in the sixth carriage quickly moved to another part of the train.
The guard and the driver came to investigate and seeing there was still smoke coming from under the carriage radioed the signaller to ask for the electric power to be turned off.
While this was happening, fire came through the carriage floor and smoke rapidly filled the vehicle.
The train was evacuated and the 11 passengers were helped by the guard and crew of another train along the track and back to the station.
The fire service were called and confirmed by 8.50pm that the fire was out.
None of the passengers were injured, but the guard was taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.
The RAIB's preliminary investigation found the blaze started in a junction box under the carriage floor.
The findings are set to be published on their website at the end of the investigation.
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