The report of the derailment of a passenger train leaving Leeds Central station.
This document was published on 16th January 1855 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Leeds Central on 3rd 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 31st October 2011 by John Charnley.
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"On the night of the 3rd instant, the 6.25 p.m. up train left the station at the proper time, with the engine behind, and is supposed to have been travelling at the rate of seven or eight miles an hour when it reached these facing points, and the guard in the last break van, which was therefore the first carriage to pass over these points, felt that it had got off the rails, but the remainder of the carriages appear to have passed on the rails towards the down line: the first carriage next to the break van (a composite carriage) was shortly afterwards forced off the rails to the right, whilst the break van was previously off the rails to the left, and the latter was thrown on its side, turned round, and came in contact with a coal truck standing in a siding to the left or east side of the up line. The composite carriage, after the coupling with the break van had broken, must have deviated further and further from the line until it was forced westwards over the edge of the viaduct, and it fell end foremost on to a truck standing on the rails of the Lancashire and Yorkshire goods station on the Low Level."
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