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The report of the collision of a goods train with the rear portion of a goods train near Earlswood in 1918.
This document was published on 11th May 1918 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Major J. W. Pringle.
This item is linked to the Accident at Earlswood on 18th April 1918
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 4 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Steve Thompson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 21st June 2008.
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"In this case an up goods train (2.10 a.m. from Eastbourne) divided, and the rear part came to a standstill inside Redhill tunnel. The following up goods train (11.40 pm. ex Portsmouth) collided with the standing vehicles, and derailed them. The engine and first three trucks of the second goods train were also derailed. Before warning could be given a special down goods train (4.0 a.m. from Lillie Bridge) ran into the obstruction, with the result that practically the whole of this train was also derailed. A length of 40 feet of the tunnel was filled to the crown with trucks and debris. Both engines were badly damaged, and 26 wagons either destroyed or more or less broken up. Fortunately, though two guards were cut and bruised, no fatality or even serious injury resulted."
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