The report on the collision of a passenger train with a goods train at Wednesbury in 1854.
This document was published on 18th October 1854 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Wednesbury on 29th September 1854
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 3 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 12th August 2008.
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"The 6h. 30m. a.m. goods train, No. 6, consisting of 1 engine and tender, 24 loaded waggons and one van, left Burton for Great Bridge at 8h. am., or 14 hour late; and, after stopping to take water at Pipe Hill, 14 miles from Burton, proceeded as far as the Walsall cutting, about half a mile on the Burton side of Walsall station, where it stopped for a few minutes in accordance with the usual practice. When it left the cutting, the engine was just blowing off steam, but it had difficulty in raising steam, and it ceased to blow off very shortly after passing the Walsall station whilst proceeding up an incline of 1 in 204. This train is said to have passed the Wednesbury junction about 9h. 45m., proceeding at the rate of about 10 miles an hour; but the speed soon fell off to from four to six miles an hour, and it is asserted that it was travelling at this rate when it was overtaken and run into by the 9h. 35m. am. passenger train from Walsall to Dudley. The collision must have been serious, as the guard of the passenger train had his shoulder bone broken, his shoulder put out, and a large number of third class passengers were more or less hurt, many of whom have since been compensated by the company for the injuries they received."
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