The report on the collision of an empty wagon train with a passenger train at Sutton in 1854.
This document was published on 11th February 1854 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Capt. H. W. Tyler.
This item is linked to the Accident at Sutton on 2nd January 1854
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 2 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 4th June 2008.
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"On the 2d instant, the driver of a train from Runcorn Gap, composed of sixteen empty waggons, passed the signal which was set at "danger", and came into contact at the crossing, at ten minutes to one o'clock, with a passenger train from St. Helen's, which was about five minutes after its proper time. This driver is undergoing the sentence of two months imprisonment, and I had not, therefore, the advantage of examining him personally; but there seems no doubt, as far as I can learn from the evidence of others, that he was to blame in passing the signal in the way he did. I must beg to remark, however, that neither the driver, nor his breaksman, were supplied with time bills or time pieces, though the breaksman happened to have a watch of his own; and, as I understand, that it has not been hitherto the practice of this company, to furnish their servants with these necessary means of ascertaining when trains are due at particular places, I would recommend that they should do so for the future."
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