In an incident that passengers say is an exact copy of an incident that was portrayed on the new BBC drama Sherwood – which tells the story of horrific murders with Annesley links – the train cab window was smashed while the train was at Newstead.
Unlike the TV drama, this incident just resulted in a smashed window and no-one was hurt.
But the train was cancelled, meaning the line – which runs from Nottingham to Worksop and serves Mansfield, Kirkby and Sutton – was suspended for a time just a day before it will close for 24 hours for the first RMT rail strike of the week tomorrow, Tuesday.
Coun Dave Hennigan, Ashfield Council member for Sutton Central and New Cross, was on the train, East Midlands Railway’s 11.25am Nottingham-Worksop service, travelling from Nottingham to Kirkby when it happened.
He said: “It really has, genuinely, spooked me out. It’s frightening to think someone might be copying the scene, as it happened in exactly the same place as in the programme.”
Coin Hennigan was travelling on the East Midlands Railway 11.25 Nottingham to Worksop train service this morning when the incident happened.
He said the train came to a stop and did not move, before an announcement came over that the train had been delayed.
He said: “It’s scary, you couldn’t make it up – this is exactly what happened on Sherwood, the train was hit by a projectile object at Newstead Station.
“Thankfully everyone is fine and calm.
“But this was still incredibly dangerous and worrying for all concerned and the train has now been cancelled and the line is suspended.
“It could be just coincidence that this is exactly what just happened on an episode of Sherwood but it’s very worrying either way.
“As a councillor, I urge people not to copy what they see on TV or we get frightening incidents like this.”
A British Transport Police spokesman said: “BTP received a report of an object hitting a moving train near Newstead station today at 11.50am.
“The window of the rear cab was shattered, and thankfully no-one on board sustained any injuries.”
She said officers were carrying out enquiries.