The report on a rear-end collision in fog between a passenger train and a mineral train.
This document was published on 25th January 1861 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Capt. H. W. Tyler.
This item is linked to the Accident at Brockley Whins on 18th December 1860
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 2 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Barry Turvin and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 2nd June 2012 by Stuart Johnson.
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"On the night in question, an engine, which had conveyed a train of coal waggons from Brancepeth to the Tyne Dock, was returning, tender first, with a van behind it, from the Shields branch to Gateshead, when a train from Sunderland, which was following it on the same line of rails, came into collision with it a mile to the west of Brockley Whins. The line was straight, and the gradient, a rising one, of 1 in 223.
The engine did not leave the Tyne Dock until some little time after 11 o'clock; the driver slackened speed as he approached Brockley Whins, and received an "all right" signal from the lamp of a porter there; and he was proceeding cautiously, at a speed which he states to have been 12 or 13 miles an hour, on account of a thick fog which prevailed at the time, towards Gateshead, when he was thus run into from behind. He neither saw nor heard anything of the train behind him until he felt the shock of the collision. The fireman was knocked down on the foot-plate of the engine, but was not much hurt."
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