The report on a collision between a passenger train and part of a freight train which had been shunted onto the wrong line.
This document was published on 7th January 1861 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Droitwich on 20th November 1860
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 1 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Barry Turvin and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 5th June 2012 by Stuart Johnson.
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"An up salt train consisting of 27 waggons and one break van, arrived by the branch line from Stoke about 5.40 p.m., and after picking up some waggons of coal, it was shunted on to the up main line, in order to allow a Midland train, due at Droitwich from the Stoke Branch at 5.59 p.m., to pass, and the driver had completed the shunt, and had stopped his engine just clear of the up branch line, when the whistle of a down passenger train, due at Droitwich at 5.45 p.m., was sounded, and the junction signalman lowered the signal for the passenger train to proceed (believing that the salt train was standing entirely on the up line), and the down passenger train left the station, passed the junction signal-box, and came into collision with a portion of the waggons of the salt train, which were standing partly on the up line with the engine in front, partly on the cross-over road, and partly on the down road. It appears that when the driver of the salt train shunted his train back on to the up main line, the break van and the waggons went off to the left, along the cross-over road, the points being open."
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