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view document PDF (0.8Mb download)Report on the Derailment that occurred on 2nd July 1971at Tattenhall Junction near Chester on the London Midland Region British Railways

Document Summary

The report into the derailment of a school special train on buckled track at Tattenhall Junction in 1971.

This document was published on 23rd February 1972 by Department of the Environment.

It was written by Major C. F. Rose.


This item is linked to the Accident at Tattenhall Junction on 2nd July 1971


The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 17 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from Nick Smith and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 22nd May 2006.

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"The train was a Schools Party Special consisting of 10 coaches hauled by a diesel locomotive. It had left Smethwick Rolfe Street Station early that morning conveying some 32 adults and 380 children to Rhyl for a day's outing. It left Rhyl an the return journey at 17.25 and was approaching Tattenhall Junction under clear signals at nearly 70 mph when the track buckled without warning under the middle of the train. The 8th, 9th, and 10th coaches were flung sideways into contact with the brickwork of an overline bridge and the 10th coach parted from the rest of the train and overturned onto the opposite line. The accident was witnessed by the signalman on duty in Tattenhall Junction signalbox who signalled to the driver and the train, less the l0th coach, was brought to a stand a few hundred yards past the junction, with the 9th coach derailed. Protection of the lines was carried out promptly.

The emergency services were alerted at 18.09 by the signalman. The Police were on site at 18.21, followed by ambulances at 18.24, and 7 fire appliances arrived between 18.35 and 18.48. I regret to report that 2 I children, a boy of 11 and a girl of 10, were killed in the accident. 8 adults and 5 children were taken to Chester Royal Infirmary, where 4 of the adults and 2 of the children were detained, and 1 adult and 12 children were , taken to Wrexham War Memorial Hospital where 3 children were detained overnight and then discharged. Of those detained in hospital all but 2, a lady and a child, had been released by the time of the public hearing and I am glad to say that they also were released shortly afterwards."

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