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On This Day in History - 1837: The Electric Telegraph is first demonstrated after wires are laid along the railway between Euston and Camden Town
This document was published on 1st January 1999 by Health and Safety Executive.
It was written by Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate.
This item is linked to the Accident at Bexley on 4th February 1997
The original document format was Bound Booklet, and comprised 60 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Ian Brightmore and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 3rd September 2005.
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"At about 12: 11 on Tuesday 4th February 1997 a freight train carrying spoil from railway track renewal work derailed just after passing through Bexley Station, Kent. The train was travelling from Three Bridges, Sussex to Hoo Junction, near Gravesend in Kent, and derailed on Bridge 799 immediately east of Bexley Station as a result of lateral movement of the track on the longitudinal timbers on the bridge and a resultant widening of the track gauge. The two locomotives and the first 11 wagons remained on the track. The 12th wagon remained connected to the eleventh wagon with the rear nearside wheel of the rear wheelset derailed, The train separated to the rear of the 12th wagon. The remaining 7 wagons were completely derailed. This had resulted in substantial damage to the viaduct carrying the track. Four members of the public who were working in or near the arches under the viaduct were injured, and extensive damage was caused to the viaduct and nearby buildings."
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