The report of the collision of two goods trains at Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire.
This document was published on 3rd February 1855 by Board of Trade.
It was written by Col. W. Yolland.
This item is linked to the Accident at Ullesthorpe on 16th 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 19th October 2011 by John Charnley.
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"In the mean while, the 10.55 a.m. down goods train from Rugby to Claycross had arrived in sight of Ullesthorpe station, and had pulled up about 50 yards short of the crossing, in consequence of the "danger" signal being on, and of the driver seeing that another train was in the siding; and when the up goods train had passed out of the siding and had got on to the up main line, the signal was lowered for the down goods train to proceed, at the same time that the driver of the up goods train reversed his engine for the purpose of going back for the detached portion of his train, which had been left standing opposite to the platform on the up line.
The two trains thus put in motion proceeded in the same direction and came into collision at the crossing, in consequence of the self-acting points on the up line not having acted in a proper manner, but remained open to the siding after the goods train had passed out from it. The up goods train was in advance of the down train, and the drivers of both trains reversed their engines and did all in their power to avoid a collision."
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