The report on the derailment of a passenger train at Wickford in 1965.
This document was published on 28th June 1965 by Ministry of Transport.
It was written by Col W. P. Reed.
This item is linked to the Accident at Wickford on 24th February 1965
The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 4 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 21st April 2007.
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"The 10.18 hrs Down multiple-unit electric passenger train consisting of eight coaches. from Liverpool Street to Southend (Victoria), became derailed after starting from Wickford owing to the facing points for the single line branch to Southminster being moved under the seventh coach. The signalman had heedlessly manipulated the lever as the train was over the points whilst demonstrating a fault in the electric locking to the signal technician.
The rear bogie of the seventh coach and the eighth coach followed the branch mute which runs close to and parallel with the Southend line for about 350 yards, passing safely under the overhead portal electrification structures of the main line which here span all three lines. They were then derailed after damaging the track where the branch begins to diverge, and the seventh coach brought down two portal structures and demolished a slab concrete plate-layer's hut as it was dragged at an angle to the track before the train came to rest. The side of this coach was badly stove in about half-way along its length and the front end of the eighth coach was also damaged by sidelong collision with one of the structures or the hut, but I am glad to say that only two people were hurt. both passengers, and their injuries were minor."
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