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Document Summary

The report into the collision between two passenger trains at Paisley in 1979.

This document was published on 16th February 1981 by Department of Transport.

It was written by Major P. M. Olver.


This item is linked to the Accident at Paisley (Gilmour Street) on 16th April 1979


The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 16 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 24th April 2006.

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"The 19.40 6-car electric multiple-unit (EMU) passenger train from Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay was crossing from the Down Fast line lo the Down Gourock line at Wallneuk Junction under clear signals when it was struck. head on, by the 18.58 special diesel multiple-unit passenger train from Ayr to Glasgow Central, consisting of two 3-car diesel multiple-units (DMU). The latter train had just departed from Gilmour Street No. 2 Platform on the Down Ayrshire line and had passed Paisley Signal No. 31, protecting the junction, at Danger.

The leading vehicles of both trains were extensively damaged, the leading part of the first vehicle of the EMU being driven into the leading vehicle of the DMU, which rode up over the EMU, although the rear end of the vehicle remained on the rails. The leading bogie of the EMU became dislodged and the right hand wheels were raised above the rail, but otherwise there was no derailment of any of the EMU vehicles. The leading bogie of the DMU became detached from its vehicle and was derailed all wheels.

The Emergency Services were summoned at 19.51 and arrived extremely promptly. the Police at 19.54, the Ambulance Service at 19.55 and the Fire Service at 19.58. In addition. an emergency surgical team from Paisley Royal Alexandria Infirmary attended the accident. arriving on the scene at 20.30. The Salvation Army also rendered valuable assistance. I regret to report that 5 passengers and the drivers of both trains were killed. A further 67 passengers and the guard of the EMU were taken to hospital where all but three were treated and discharged."

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