The report on the derailment of a passenger train at Chelford in 1849.
This document was published on 2nd April 1849 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Capt. George Wynne (RE).
This item is linked to the Accident at Chelford on 17th March 1849
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 3 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Graham Teal and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 28th July 2008.
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"About three miles south of the Chelford station, that is, 19 miles from Manchester, the tyre of one of the trailing-wheels of a first-class carriage, the fifth from the rear, broke; the pair of wheels became disengaged, got under the following carriage (a second-class one), threw it and the remaining portion of the train off the line, uncoupling it at the same time from the first-class carriage, which was carried along for about 200 yards before the train was stopped, the buffers trailing on the ground. The two leading second-class carriages of those thrown off the line came in contact with the parapet of a bridge, and were completely smashed, and the remaining carriage much damaged.
Two gentlemen were in the first-class carriage, one escaped unhurt, the other had his leg broken from the following cause: he had one leg under the opposite seat, and the other on the cushion, the buffers, passing over the stones of a level crossing, caused the carriage to jerk: he was thrown forward, and his leg snapped across by coming in contact with the under part of the seat. In the second second-class carriage there were two young women, one of whom had her collar-bone broken, and the other was bruised about the body. The guard of the mail had his knee hurt."
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