Updated 9th Sep
On This Day in History - 1838: Robert Stephenson's London to Birmingham Railway is opened.
An engine shunts back into Diggle tunnel. The signalman unwisely allows a passenger train to enter the tunnel from the other end. The passenger train driver does not see the distant signal as it is defective and collides with the shunting engine.
This document was published in 1868 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Capt. H. W. Tyler.
This item is linked to the Accident at Diggle Tunnel on 19th October 1868
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 2 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Bill King and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 31st December 2010.
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"IN compliance with the instructions contained
in your minute of the 29th October, I have now the
honour to report, for the information of the Board of
Trade, the result of my inquiry into the circumstances
which attended the collision that occured on the 19th
October. in the Diggle tunnel on the London and
This tunnel, 158 yards to the east of the Diggle station, and 7 miles west of Huddersfield, is 3 miles and 44 yards long, and is level and straight. It is constructed for a single line of rails only; a second tunnel, which is in progress, can hardly be completed in less time than three years. The points connecting the single with the double line are 83 yards to the west of the tunnel mouth, and the down line points to the sidings are west of the Diggle station and 254 yards from the tunnel. There is a distant signal worked from tbe Diggle cabin 600 yards inside the tunnel. The working of the single line through the tunnel is carried on by a pilot-man, on the train-staff and ticket system. A pilot-engine is employed night and day, to convey the pilot-man and train-staff through when necessary, and to assist the trains; and there are telegraph instruments in the cabins at both ends of the tunnel, to prevent, as far as possible, delay in the working of the traffic."
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