One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a train) become derailed.
- ‘There was a slight hiccup on Saturday when the locomotive jumped the rails on its way back to Bury after the Heywood station celebrations.’
- ‘Shortly thereafter it started down the steep grade approaching the horseshoe curve where it came to grief, jumping the track, overturning the engine, and destroying four of the wooden cars.’
- ‘A moment later, she heard a thudding noise that sounded as though the train wheels had jumped the track and were now riding on the wooden ties.’
- ‘A report by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada reveals that improperly supported track joints led to surface defects on both rails, causing a CN train to jump the track in May 2003.’
- ‘The accident happened when the train jumped the rails at a level crossing in Wigtownshire and landed on its side.’
- ‘He and his co-driver were trapped in their cab after the train jumped the rails and ploughed into trackside gardens.’
- ‘A 3,000-foot section of track was ripped off the gravel bed where 11 of the coaches jumped the track, leaving wreckage for a quarter of a mile.’
- ‘Having jumped its rails the express train and the freight load collided at a combined speed of nearly 200 mph with devastating impact.’
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