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Document Summary

This document was published on 21st June 1865 by Board of Trade.

It was written by Capt. H. W. Tyler.

This item is linked to the Accident at Rednal on 7th June 1865

The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 3 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from University of Leicester Library and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 15th August 2005.

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"Near the summit of this gradient there was a green flag, about 12 feet high above the rails, on a rough pole, standing at the base of the cast slope of the cutting, to caution the engine-drivers of the down trains; and 1,100 yards beyond the flag there were some platelayers at work upon the line.

The driver of the leading engine, Anderton, did not observe this flag; but the driver, of the second engine, Evans, happened to move to the left side of his engine as he approached it, and it caught his eye. He shut off his steam, his mate applied the tender break, and he "touched his whistle " to attract An£­derton's attention. He thought Anderton noticed it when he saw him shut off his steam. But Anderton, who has since died, has, in his dying declaration, attributed the accident to the neglect of the platelayers in not sending back a flag while they were repairing the line, without saying whether or no he heard Evans's whistle. And his fireman, David Griffiths, states that as they approached the platelayers, he (Ander£­ton) first sounded the shrill whistle, as a signal to them to get out of the way, and afterwards, on, finding that they still remained on the line, the break whistle; and that they they shut off steam, and applied the tender break...

The first engine then ran off altogether to the left, and fell over on its side clear of the line, swinging its tender round in front of the second engine. The second engine, which had previously remained on the rails, was then thrown off to the right, across the down line, and came quickly to a stand on the other side of that line. Thee carriages, suddenly obstructed in their course, principally by the tender of the leading engine, were dashed forward by the force of their own momentum against it and against each other; and four of them were destroyed while 11 others were much damaged.

The fireman of the second engine was killed on the spot. The driver of the first engine has since, as I have stated, died of the injuries which he received, and his fireman was much injured; and, unfortunately, 11 passengers have died up to the present time, and 30 others were injured, some of whom are hardly expected to survive."

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