The official report into a collision in bad weather on the Great Central Railway in 1957.
This document was published on 6th June 1957 by Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
It was written by Col W. P. Reed.
This item is linked to the Accident at Leicester on 19th February 1957
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"Falling snow had broken the block telegraph and telephone wires a few hours earlier, and trains were being worked under the time interval system. It was still snowing heavily and visibility was bad when the 6.20 a.m. passenger train from Nottingham Victoria to Marylebone passed the Up Outer Home signal for Leicester Passenger North signal box in the clear position at about 30 m.p.h. and ran into the rear of a slowly moving freight train a short distance ahead. The signal had not been restored to danger after the passage of the freight train as the signalman could not see through the falling snow that the train had passed it. The driver of the passenger train must have assumed that the clear signal was meant for him, although the rules expressly warn against such an assumption when proceeding at caution with a block failure."
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