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The report on a collision between a return excursion train and a passenger train at Heywood & Bury Junction, Blue Pits (now Castleton South Junction).
This document was published on 6th September 1860 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Heywood & Bury Junction on 13th August 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 27th May 2012 by Stuart Johnson.
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"A special excursion train, containing workmen in the employ of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, at their locomotive establishment at Miles Platting, were on their return from Liverpool, and the train, which consisted of engine and tender, and 22 carriages, including one break van at the tail of the train, approached the Heywood and Bury Junction, about 10.50 p.m., and the engine driver sounded the steam whistle for the distant and junction signals to be taken off, as both stood against this train. The driver ran inside the distant signal, and did not stop as the Company's rules prescribe, but slackened his speed, until the junction signal was turned off, and then he put on the steam, and proceeded steadily across the junction, and had got the engine and tender and 8 carriages past the down main line from Manchester, leading to Blue Pits and Rochdale, when the ninth carriage was run into by the 10.15 p.m. down main line train, which is a mixed passenger and goods train as far as Rochdale, and from thence is only a mail train to Normanton, intermixed with goods. The 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th carriages were knocked off the rails, and the 12th was overturned."
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