The report on the collision near Hampton-in-Arden of a down passenger train with the derailed portion of an up passenger train.
This document was published on 13th August 1852 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Capt. R. M. Laffan (RE).
This item is linked to the Accident at Hampton - Coventry on 3rd August 1852
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 5 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Bill King and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 9th April 2012 by John Charnley.
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"It appears from the evidence that on the morning in question the ordinary 9.15 a.m. passenger train for Rugby left Birmingham at its appointed time, and that it had proceeded in safety as far as a mile to the southward of the Hampton station, when suddenly the driver felt a violent oscillating movement in his engine, and the guard who rode in the leading van heard a shower of gravel-stones and sand thrown up against it in front.
The driver immediately felt that something had gone wrong, and at once proceeded to shut off the steam, to apply the tender break, and to sound the whistle to convey an alarm to the guards; at the same time the guard who rode in the front van put on his break. The engine and tender came to a stand within a short distance upon their own line, but the van broke away from the tender, and followed by a second-class carriage left the up rails, and inclining to the right, ran across the down line just at the very moment that a down train from Leamington was about to pass the spot. The Leamington engine struck the van and the carriage on the side, destroying the hinder part of the van and the front compartment of the carriage, and two second-class passengers were killed on the spot, and several were seriously injured."
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