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Document Summary

The report together with minutes of evidence, of the head on collision between a passenger train and a light engine, at Reading in 1855.

This document was published on 29th October 1855 by Board of Trade.

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


This item is linked to the Accident at Reading on 12th September 1855


The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 58 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from Barry Turvin and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 29th November 2008.

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"The engine from Reading was thus proceeding along the down line, at considerable speed, when it met the 4.40 down passenger train from London, travelling in the opposite direction, at the rate of perhaps 40 miles an hour; and a fearful collision ensued, resulting in the death of five individuals, including the driver Crossley, and in serious injury to ten others. It occurred about 7.24 p.m., on a curve a mile and a half from the Reading station, on which the driver of the pilot engine could not, if he had been on the look-out, have seen the approaching down train from more than 560 yards, and on which the driver of the latter could not have seen the pilot engine for anything like that distance, for want of lights at the rear of the tender. The evening was thick, and it was getting very dusk. The passenger driver, though he observed the pilot engine a little before, only found out that it was travelling upon the down line when he was very close to it, and when Crossley chanced to open his fire-door; and neither the latter, nor the engine cleaner who was with him, appear to have thought of the possibility of collision until the moment of its occurrence."

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