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Document Summary

The report into the derailment of a freight train, and the subsequent collision with an express passenger train at Ashchurch in 1969.

This document was published on 9th October 1969 by Ministry of Transport.

It was written by Major C. F. Rose.


This item is linked to the Accident at Ashchurch on 8th March 1969


The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 13 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from Nick Smith and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 29th May 2006.

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"The train was restricted to 35 m.p.h., but only because of the presence of the heavy bogie wagon marshalled towards the rear of the train. The derailment, however, was initiated by one of the loaded mineral wagons near the front. These wagons are normally stable up to 45 m.p.h., and if the actual speed had been no more than this it is probable that the accident would not have occurred. Once the train speed was allowed to rise above 45 m.p.h., as it must have been, derailment of one or more of the mineral wagons became likely and this possibility was greatly increased by the presence of track twists in excess of the tolerances laid down for a main line.

The condition of the track undoubtedly played a contributory part in the accident but had the goods train been driven at its correct speed, or even up to 45 m.p.h., derailment would most probably not have occurred."

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