The report on the collision of two passenger trains at Willesden in 1910.
This document was published on 31st January 1911 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Lieut. Col. H. A. Yorke.
This item is linked to the Accident at Willesden on 5th December 1910
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 13 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Steve Thompson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 15th January 2008.
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"The effects of the collision were disastrous. The stationary train, consisting of 10 bogie carriages and engine, was driven forward about two engine lengths. Fortunately the brakes were off, or matters would have been even worse. The two last coaches were "telescoped", that is to say, the frame of the last coach got below the frame of the coach next in front of it, and was forced under it for about four-fifths of its length, so that nearly the whole of the body of this last coach was swept clean off the frame, and forced against the front end of the engine of the second train. The coach was well filled, and the scene presented to persons on the platform must have been shocking. It is believed that all the persons who were fatally injured were in this coach. The body of the second coach from the rear was badly damaged, especially at the ends, but remained on its frame, and struck the edge of the platform roof, doing some slight injury to it. The bogies of the rear coach remained below it, but were off the rails and out of position; the bogies of the second coach were torn from under it, and were found close together between it and the nest coach in front. The third coach had its rear end damaged and was derailed."
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