The report on the derailment of a passenger train at Northchurch in 1842.
This document was published on 13th December 1842 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Maj.-Gen. C. W. Pasley.
This item is linked to the Accident at Northchurch on 8th December 1842
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 24th July 2011 by the Archivist.
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"I yesterday proceeded to the Wolverton Station of the London and Birmingham Railway, to inspect the locomotive engine of an up train from Aylesbury, which ran off the line and down the east side of the Northchurch embankment, on the 8th instant, owing to the near forewheel being separated from the engine by the sudden breaking of the axle, which caused the carriage immediately in the rear of the tender also to be thrown off the rails, and down the other side of the embankment, which is about 15 feet high at the spot where this accident took place. The second carriage was driven violently against the tender, one axle of which was fractured, and its frame broken to pieces, whilst the iron tank separated from it and was thrown down the east side of the embankment. The wheel, which was entirely detached from the engine, appears to have run down the bank before it, and after breaking through the fence at the bottom, it ran up into the field opposite, where its track was still marked by a curve, when I inspected the spot. The unfortunate death of an aged female was the consequence of this accident, and four men were hurt, amongst whom were the engineman and stoker. All the passengers injured were in the front carriage, whilst those in the second carriage escaped."
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