The report on the derailment of a passenger train at Doncaster station.
This document was published on 10th January 1855 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Doncaster on 1st January 1855
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 30th August 2011 by John Charnley.
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"lt appears that all passenger trains stop at Doncaster, and pass from the up and down main lines into two separate through sidings with platforms, and in order to do so, they have to pass self-acting facing points, weighted to stand open for the sidings, policemen being appointed, with instructions to keep their hands on the handles of these points, to ensure their being in their proper position; but on this occasion the policeman for the up line neglected to hold the handle, and instead of the points being open to the siding they were open to the main line, whilst the engine, tender, and break van passed over them along the main line, and that they then shifted to their proper position, so that the following carriages passed into the siding, and the coupling chains between the break van and the next carriage were broken, and the break van and this carriage were thrown off the rails."
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