The report of the collision of a passenger train with a mineral train at Houndwood, near Grantshouse, Berwickshire.
This document was published on 19th July 1855 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Houndwood Free Church on 7th July 1855
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 2 pages.
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"It appears that as the 6.20 a.m. up mineral goods train from Edinburgh to Berwick was proceeding between Grant's House and Reston, the fireman called the driver's attention to one of the trucks about the middle of the train being off the line; the steam was immediately shut off, and the requisite measures taken for stopping the train, and when it was brought to rest about 3¼ miles beyond Grant's House, at about 10.40 a.m., it was found that this truck, containing an iron stem post of a screw steamer, had its hind wheels off the rails, and after one unsuccessful trial had been made to get it on the rails again, the guard was sent back with fog signals and a red flag, so as to endeavour to stop the up express train.
Whilst the guard went back, the driver and fireman continued to exert themselves in getting the truck on to the rails, and they had just succeeded in accomplishing it and had got the train into slow motion, when the express train appeared in sight, at about 400 yards distance, and immediately afterwards, whilst travelling at a speed variously estimated to be from 15 to 25 miles an hour, ran into the mineral train, completely destroyed the goods break van, threw four of the trucks off the line, damaging some of them, and also damaging its own engine, but most fortunately without doing any injury to any of the passengers or persons in charge of the two trains."
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