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The report on the derailment of a passenger train on a newly constructed embankment.
This document was published on 28th August 1860 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Capt. H. W. Tyler.
This item is linked to the Accident at Honiton - Feniton on 29th July 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 6th August 2012 by Stuart Johnson.
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"As the 8.30 P.M. passenger train from Yeovil, consisting of 2 engines and tenders, 2 first, 2 second, and 2 third class carriages, with 2 break vans, one in the front and the other in the rear of the carriages, was travelling in due course on that day between the Honiton and Feniton stations, the tender attached to the leading engine suddenly left the rails. When the train had proceeded 20 yards further the second engine a1so left the rails, and the coupling gave way by which it was connected with the tender in front of it. The leading engine, having thus been liberated from the remainder of the train, ran forward for nearly a quarter of a mile, when it was brought to a stand without being itself thrown off the line, although it had dragged its tender over the sleepers and ballast for that distance. The second engine, with all the vehicles behind it, diverged to the right after they had separated from the leading tender, which was itself thrown off to the opposite side, or to the left. The train was travelling on a high embankment, newly formed, and covered with soft ballast. After running about 90 yards in a diagonal direction, the second engine became embedded in the side of the bank, about 20 feet below the level of the rails, and the carriages, retaining their proper order, came to a stand behind it."
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