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Document Summary

The report on the collision between two passenger trains at Kildwick in 1875.

This document was published on 2nd September 1875 by Board of Trade.

It was written by Capt. H. W. Tyler.


This item is linked to the Accident at Kildwick on 28th August 1875


The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 12 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from Steve Thompson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 27th July 2007.

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"Under such circumstances, a little extra speed and want of judgment on the part of an engine-driver, expected to keep time with a fast-running train, in passing a distant-signal at danger, when he is mistaken as to the cause for which it is exhibited, or is unable, in consequence of a bridge or a cutting, as in the present instance, to see for any great distance the obstruction of which it is intended to warn him, may at any time lead to a serious collision; and it is on account of dangers of this description, and of other descriptions connected with the system of working by time intervals, that recommendations have so frequently and so strongly been made from the Board of Trade to substitute for this system of time-intervals the block-system of telegraph working, under which intervals of space are secured between trains following each other on the same line of rails. If the block system had been in force on this section of railway, and had been properly worked, the home and distant signals of the Cononley station would both have been kept at danger against the mail train until the excursion-train had passed the Kildwick station, and there would not have been the same risk of such a collision."

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