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The report on a collision between a runaway portion of a return excursion train, and a similar following train.
This document was published on 3rd October 1860 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Helmshore on 4th September 1860
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 5 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Barry Turvin and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 22nd June 2012 by Stuart Johnson.
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"The collision between the descending carriages, and the ascending No. 3 train took place at 654 yards from Helmshore. At that part the line is in deep cutting, and there is a sharp curve, so that the view in front of No. 3 train would be little more than 100 yards-and the driver of No. 3 train says, he had only time to shut off his steam, sound the whistle for the breaks, and reverse his engine, while the inspector who rode on the engine, and was the first person to see the side lights of the descending train, ran to the tender break and applied it, before the shock took place. The driver says that he was running about 13 or 14 miles an hour, when he first saw the descending carriages approaching, and thought they might be 30 yards off when he first saw them. The speed at which the descending carriages travelled is uncertain. It was given in evidence at the coroner's inquest, that when the carriages first began to run backwards some of the passengers in one of the compartments of a carriage got out, while others remained in it. Also that a man named Ashworth got out; and walked forward upon the tops of the carriages until he reached one with a break, which he states he put on, but the general testimony is to the effect, that although the speed of the descending carriages at first was very moderate, it gradually increased up to the time when the collision occurred."
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