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The report on a collision between a cattle train and a mail train at Trent Valley Junction, Rugby.
This document was published on 29th January 1861 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Trent Valley Junction on 16th December 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 5th July 2012 by Stuart Johnson.
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"The signalman turned off the up distant signal on the Trent Valley Line, and lowered the corresponding arm on the semaphore at the junction, for the cattle train to proceed; and when it had got to about 200 yards from the junction, the signalman observed that the 1h. 20m. a.m. up mail train from Birmingham was rapidly approaching. He observed it first before it reached the distant signal which was on at danger against the train, as well as the up main semaphore signal at the junction, but the mail train continued to advance, apparently without paying any attention to the danger signals; and the two trains came into collision about 30 yards from the signalman's box. The cattle train consisted of engine and tender, and 21 waggons, while the mail train was made up of engine and tender, 2 vans, and 2 carriages. The cattle train was slightly in advance, and the engine of the mail train ran crashing into the waggons of the cattle train, some waggons from the front, and knocked them off the rails, forcing them up against the signalman's elevated stage and box, and overturning and throwing it down the embankment into the field below."
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