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The report of the collision of an express train with a goods train in Cranberry Moss tunnel, between Bolton and Blackburn.
This document was published on 27th November 1851 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Capt. George Wynne (RE).
This item is linked to the Accident at Cranberry Moss Tunnel on 21st October 1851
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 4 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Bill King and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 26th April 2012 by John Charnley.
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"When the goods-train reached the Entwistle station, situated about one mile from the mouth of the tunnel, the guard of it asked the station-master what the time was; he replied, "I cannot exactly tell, but I think it is about 9.15" (it must in reality have been about 9.50); the guard said it must be more, and that he had rather stop till the express had gone past; the station-master replied, that he was sure that the goods-train was 20 minutes in advance of the express-train, and he then turned the train out of the siding where it had been shunted for the purpose of taking on four waggons; these waggons were attached to the rear of the train, and obscured the light of the tail lamp, which was left attached to the guard's van, instead of being removed, as it ought to have been, to the last waggon. When the train had reached within about 200 yards of the lower end of the tunnel it was found to be much obscured with steam, and the guard lighted a red portfire, and almost immediately afterwards they were run into."
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