The report on a head-on collision between a passenger train and a shunting goods train at Spinthread Junction near Blue Pits (later Castleton West Junction)
This document was published on 18th March 1861 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Capt. H. W. Tyler.
This item is linked to the Accident at Blue Pits on 6th March 1861
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 3 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Bill King and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 25th November 2011 by Stuart Johnson.
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"On the afternoon in question a goods train arrived at 5.25 p.m. from the Blue Pits Station, and came to a stand on the east of the junction, for the purpose of setting back into and fetching out some waggons from these sidings; and a passenger train approached the junction at the same time from the opposite direction (from Liverpool) for Rochdale and Normanton. The signalman lowered his signals, as was his duty, for the passenger train to proceed on its own line to the Blue Pits Station, and when that train was within 80 yards of his stage, he opened the points, as he believed, to admit the goods train into the sidings.
Unfortunately, however, he seized the wrong handle, and opened the main-line points in front of the passenger train, instead of the siding points behind the goods train; and he thus turned the passenger train on the Manchester line, across which the goods engine was moving, and caused the passenger engine to come into collision with the goods engine with great violence, instead of allowing it to run forward on the straight road towards Blue Pits."
18th March 1861
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