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The report on the collision of an express passenger train with an excursion train at Reading in 1914.
This document was published on 9th July 1914 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Lieut. Col. P. G. von Donop.
This item is linked to the Accident at Reading on 17th June 1914
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 25 pages.
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"In this case, as the 9 a.m. express up passenger train from Worcester to London, consisting of an engine, tender and six vehicles, was running through Reading Station on the up main line, its engine came into collision with the engine of an up excursion train from Taunton to Windsor, consisting of an engine, tender and nine vehicles, which had just started from the up platform line. The speed of the express train at the time of the collision is estimated at about 50 miles an hour, whilst the excursion train was either moving very slowly or had just come to rest.
The engine and tender of the excursion train were thrown over on to their sides towards the up side of the line, and became uncoupled from the remainder of the train; the driver was slightly injured, but the fireman was thrown off the engine and suffered severe injuries. The vehicles of this train were not however derailed, and they were but slightly damaged; none of the passengers in this train appear to have suffered any personal injuries.
The engine and tender of the express train were derailed, but ran on for about l50 yards and were then both thrown over on to their sides towards the down side of the line, and they also became uncoupled from the remainder of their train. The driver received injuries which shortly proved fatal, and the fireman was also severely injured. The vehicles of this train were all derailed, and the sides of the leading ones were considerably damaged by coming into contact with the derailed engine and tender of the excursion train; they were however all found standing upright after the accident. Six passengers in this train have notified the Company of personal injuries sustained, but none of them, it is understood, are of a serious nature."
9th July 1914
Accident Returns: Extract for the Accident at Reading on 17th June 1914
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