The report on a collision between an express train and an empty train, which was moving backwards ahead of it.
This document was published on 1st January 1861 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Rochdale on 24th December 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 2nd May 2012 by Stuart Johnson.
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"And as the signalman was going back to his post, he met the Liverpool express coming slowly up to the down platform just as the empty stopping train was putting back in order to get into the siding. Both trains were, it is said, proceeding about 3 miles an hour, and a slight collision occurred between them; the body of the break van at the tail of the stopping train being shifted 6 or 8 inches on its frame; but no other damage to either train was done. The cause of the collision was evidently the vicious arrangement which had been always followed since the stopping train was first put on about 8 months since, of shunting this train back on the wrong line of railway 256 yards, thus converting this portion of the down line into a single line. The station was properly protected at the time of the collision by both distant signals; but there was a very dense fog, so that it was impossible to see more than the length of a couple of carriages."
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