This page contains a breakdown on the number of Train Fires reported in the media.


Date Location Service Description Cause
Apr 18 Three Bridges Southern train closes Three Bridges Station[1] Three Bridges railway station was evacuated after fire broke out on seats in two train carriages at 4.11pm on Friday April 18. Delays of up to an hour occurred until 9.30pm.
Dec 12 Chislehurst Southeastern 2S65 1848 CST to ORP[2] TWO hundred people had to evacuate a train near Chislehurst Station after it caught fire. Emergency services boarded the train at the station just after 7.30pm and helped Southeastern staff get all the passengers off safely.[3] Fire caused by vandalism (VF)
Nov 4 South Croydon Gatwick Express/Southern 09:20 VIC-GTW[4] Victoria to Gatwick Airport service had reports of smoke underneath a carriage at 09:20 GMT. Two lines were blocked delaying Southern, FCC & Gatwick Express services for 45 minutes. Electrical contact problem
Aug 27 Hither Green Southeastern 07:17 GRV-CHX[5]

Photos posted on twitter as it happened: @Andrew7photo, @JessRatcliffX

Aug 25 Holland Park Central Line 18:40 Brakes on a Central Line train caught fire[6][7] but as not fully in the station the doors would not open.[8] Brake failure?
Jul 5 Heald Green Freight Train FIREFIGHTERS have tackled a fire involving the engine compartment of a freight train at Heald Green train station in Cheadle[9].
May 31 Stone Freight train blaze took hold at 8.30pm at the Norton Bridge train station near Stone, Staffordshire and brought chaos to services through the Black Country.[10]
Apr 9 Rochester Southeastern 17:30 CST-RAM @NoOnionsUK tweets photos of a fire under a door of a train[11].

Pic of flames under doorPic of smoke & open doors.

The worrying thing is that: "What's more annoying is that I pressed the alarm (fire by my seat!) and no reply from driver."[12]

Jan 24 Deansgate Heritage Train derails and catches fire between Salford Crescent and Deansgate station[13][14]
Jan 17 Victoria Gatwick Express[15] Victoria was evacuated when a fire broke out on a Gatwick Express service
Oct ?? Tonbridge Southeastern 375926 Video posted on YouTube showing a train setting alight the conductor rail.

Looking at the video this train was empty to depot but heading towards Sevenoaks.

Conductor rail set alight from passing train
Sep 5 Marden Southeastern At 17:56 an up passenger train caught fire at Marden[16] after one of it's wheel bearings had failed[17]
Jun 14 Mottingham Southeastern 2N72 20:52 CHX-GRV[18] Fire crews were called at 21:20 BST on Wednesday[19][20][21][22] and led 70 people along the line to nearby Lee and Mottingham stations.

Scores of others made their own way off the service.

Vandalism after object left on the track
Apr 20 Sevenoaks Southeastern 22:00 CHX[23] Fire broke out on a passenger train with Kent Fire called to Sevenoaks at 22:15 with 4 fire engines.

Blaze was put out just after 22:30.Train finally arrived at Tunbridge Wells at 00:15

Rumour has it as a litter bin set alight on a 319
Feb 21[24] Mountfield Tunnel near Robertsbridge Southeastern 06:28 HGS-CHX[25] Train was ordered to enter the tunnel slowly and cautiously to see if there was a fire in the actual tunnel[26][27] Conductor rail causing a small fire in the tunnel
Feb 8 Gravesend Southeastern Kent Fire tackle a passenger train after cabling under the train catches fire[28]
Aug 16 HS1 tunnel under Thames Maintenance locomotive catches fire during the construction of the High Speed 1 tunnel underneath the Thames. One worker, Darren Brown 40, dies[29].


  1. Three Bridges railway station evacuated after carriages catch fire Crawley Observer, 2014 Apr 22, retrieved 2014 Apr 23
  2. RealTimeTrains 2S65 1848 London Cannon Street to Chislehurst
  3. News Shopper 200 people evacuated from train as it catches fire near Chislehurst Station
  4. South Croydon train fire: 100 evacuated from Southern Train, BBC Nov 4 2013
  5. Hither Green 'train fire' causing problems This Is Local London, 2013 Aug 27
  6. Video of panic at Holland Park tube station due to fire, Trainwatch August 29 2013
  7. Stacked on the Train!, YouTube Aug 25 2013 retrieved Aug 29 2013
  8. Terrified passengers try to flee tube train at Holland Park as it starts to fill up with smoke, Evening Standard August 29 2013
  9. Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service Jul 5 2013 retrieved Aug 27 2013
  10. Express & Star
  11. Opps! Our train is on fire!, @NoOnions on Twitter Apr 9 2013 retrieved Aug 29 2013
  12. I pressed the alarm (fire by my seat!) and no reply from driver Twitter retrieved Aug 29 2013
  13. Manchester Evening News retrieved Aug 27 2013
  14. Train details in Manchester ITV retrieved Aug 27 2013
  15. Commuter chaos as Southeastern services delayed by train fire, Kent Online Jan 1 2013
  16. Marden railway station Wikipedia retrieved Aug 27 2013
  17. Marden train evacuated after wheel bearings catch fire BBC Retrieved 2012 Sep 5
  18. Rail Forums 2012 Jun 13
  19. Fire under moving train in Mottingham investigated BBC 2012 Jun 14
  20. Two hundred rail passengers forced off train as fire breaks out under carriage Evening Standard 2012 Jun 14
  21. Train fire between Lee & Mottingham RailUKforums
  22. Object deliberately left on tracks started train fire Rail Technology Magazine, Jun 15 2012 retrieved Aug 29 2013
  23. Sevenoaks railway station evacuated after train fire BBC Apr 21 2012 retrieved Aug 27 2013
  24. Panic on train over fire threat, Hastings Observer Feb 25 2012 retrieved Aug 29 2013
  25. Panic as train driver announces he's entering tunnel 'to see if it's on fire' AOL travel Feb 27 2012 retrieved Aug 29 2013
  26. Train panic after driver announces he's entering a tunnel 'to see if it's on fire' TNT Magazine, 2012 Feb 27
  27. Driver: We're entering this tunnel to see if its on fire (Subscription), The Sun Feb 27 2012 retrieved Aug 29 2013
  28. Kent Fire Brigate attend train fire at Gravesend TrainWatch
  29. Channel Tunnel rail link inquest begins in Gravesend BBC retrieved Aug 27 2013