The report on a collision between a mail train and a train of empty coal wagons, in fog.
This document was published on 23rd February 1872 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Littleworth - Spalding on 28th January 1872
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"The Great Northern Railway Company make use of the block system on many parts of their system where their traffic is very great, and it is said to be attended with good results, but I understand that it is not considered to be requisite on those parts of their system where the traffic is light.
As Littleworth is barely two miles from the spot at which the accident occurred, it is quite possible that if this station had not been closed at night and a signalman had been employed to attend to the signals and gates, and the company's regulations had been obeyed, which directs the danger signal to be kept on for five minutes after a train goes by, the collision might not have occurred, and the unfortunate guard would not so suddenly, and apparently without any notice whatever, have lost his life.
The result however could not have been reckoned on without slightly increasing the cost of working, a serious consideration to a company which is about to pay 8 3/4 per cent. to its shareholders from the last half-year's receipts."
15th September 1870
Accident Returns: Extract for Accident at Tamworth on 14th September 1870
23rd February 1872
Accident Returns: Extract for the Accident at Littleworth - Spalding on 28th January 1872
2nd September 1875
Accident Returns: Extract for Accident at Kildwick on 28th August 1875
30th August 1889
Regulation of Railways Act
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