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The report on a collision between an express and a coal train shunting clear of the main line.
This document was published on 24th November 1868 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Wigston Junction on 31st 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 26th August 2011 by Stuart Johnson.
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"This point is protected by a distant signal placed 700 yards north of the box, and this signal can be seen by the driver of an up train at a distance of about 550 yards. It is admitted by the driver of the 1.35 p.m. up express train, which consisted of an engine and tender and ten carriages, including two break vans, and with two guards, that this distant signal, as well as the junction signal, both stood at danger when he came in sight of them; and he states that he shut off the steam as soon as he saw the distant signal, applied the tender break, and whistled for the distant and junction signals to be taken off. The approach to the junction is round a curve and through a cutting, and the driver says that as he went round the curve he reduced his speed, but as the signals were not taken off, he told his fireman, when he got sufficiently near, to stop at the junction, as the road was clear up to that point. He says he told the fireman to do so as soon as he could see that the junction was clear, which might be about 350 yards or a little more from the junction, and when drawing a little nearer he saw some waggons setting back on the same line, and then he reversed his engine and turned on a little steam the reverse way...subsequently he added that he was sure that he had whistled for the guard's breaks when he first reversed the engine. He estimates the speed at which he was travelling when he first saw the distant signal at 40 miles an hour, the usual speed, and at three or four miles an hour when the collision took place; other witnesses place it at seven or eight miles an hour."
24th November 1868
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