Runaway Train

March 9th 1987 began as a normal day for railwayman Wesley MacDonald, as he loaded a train of 50 cars with ore at a mine in northern Canada.

But that all changed when the brakes failed to hold the load and Wesley suddenly found himself aboard a runaway train.

This programme tells the story of what happened next, featuring audio footage of the radio communication between him and the rail traffic controller as Wesley wrestles with the decision of whether to jump or take his chances onboard.

Producer: Russell Finch

A Somethin' Else Production for BBC Radio 4.

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20100628

March 9th 1987 began as a normal day for railwayman Wesley MacDonald, as he loaded a train of 50 cars with ore at a mine in northern Canada.

But that all changed when the brakes failed to hold the load and Wesley suddenly found himself aboard a runaway train.

This programme tells the story of what happened next, featuring audio footage of the radio communication between him and the rail traffic controller as Wesley wrestles with the decision of whether to jump or take his chances onboard.

Producer: Russell Finch

A Somethin' Else Production for BBC Radio 4.

20100628

March 9th 1987 began as a normal day for railwayman Wesley MacDonald, as he loaded a train of 50 cars with ore at a mine in northern Canada.

But that all changed when the brakes failed to hold the load and Wesley suddenly found himself aboard a runaway train.

This programme tells the story of what happened next, featuring audio footage of the radio communication between him and the rail traffic controller as Wesley wrestles with the decision of whether to jump or take his chances onboard.

Producer: Russell Finch

A Somethin' Else Production for BBC Radio 4.

20091018
20091018

March 9th 1987 began as a normal day for railwayman Wesley MacDonald as he made up a train of 50 cars of ore at a mine in northern Canada. But that all changed when the brakes failed to hold the load and Wesley suddenly found himself aboard a runaway train. This programme tells the story of what happened next, featuring actual audio footage of the radio communication between him and the rail traffic controller as he wrestles with the decision on whether to jump or take his chances onboard.

The amazing true story of Canadian railwayman Wesley McDonald and a runaway train.

20091018

March 9th 1987 began as a normal day for railwayman Wesley MacDonald as he made up a train of 50 cars of ore at a mine in northern Canada. But that all changed when the brakes failed to hold the load and Wesley suddenly found himself aboard a runaway train. This programme tells the story of what happened next, featuring actual audio footage of the radio communication between him and the rail traffic controller as he wrestles with the decision on whether to jump or take his chances onboard.

The amazing true story of Canadian railwayman Wesley McDonald and a runaway train.