The report on a rear collision between a mail train and a cattle train, shunting to clear the line, with a long discourse on the contemporary state of brakes and passenger communication on trains.
This document was published on 14th January 1861 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Atherstone on 16th November 1860
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 8 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Barry Turvin and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 19th May 2012 by Stuart Johnson.
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"The collision occurred between a special cattle train proceeding from Holyhead to Lynn, which was permitted to leave Tamworth for Nuneaton Station at or about 1h. 3Om a. m., when the up limited mail, according to the Time Tables, was not due until 1h. 56m. a.m., and the cattle train stopped at Atherstone Station, and was in the act of shunting into the up siding, when the up limited mail arrived and ran crashing into it. The engine of the limited mail is described as baving gone right over the guards van at the tail of the cattle train, over the next van in front of it, in which a party of drovers and their men were sitting, and also over the next waggon filled with cattle, and then fell over on its left side on the embankment.
I allude especially to the insufficiency of break power attached to the limited mail and to all fast travelling passenger trains, and to the absence of any means of communication between the guards and engine drivers, and between the passengers and the guards. These are decidedly great blots on the railway arrangements for quick travelling in this country, but they are by no means limited to the London and North-Western Railway Company.
Apparently the directors of railway companies prefer, or submit, to pay very heavy sums for damage and compensation rather than to direct their officers to give more attention to the two points to which I have referred, by which it is certain that the number of accidents would be sensibly diminished, and the severity of those that do occur would be materially mitigated."
14th January 1861
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