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Document Summary

The report into the derailment of a passenger train at Milton in 1955.

This document was published on 26th March 1956 by Ministry of Transport.

It was written by Brigadier C. A. Langley.


This item is linked to the Accident at Milton on 20th November 1955


The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 26 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 25th August 2006.

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"Owing to the occupation of the Up Main line for engineering purposes, all traffic was being diverted to the Up Goods loop at Milton in accordance with the printed Weekly Notices. Eleven trains had been so diverted without incident during the morning, but the 8.30 a.m. excursion train from Treherbert to Paddington, comprising 10 coaches hauled by a Pacific type engine, became derailed at the facing crossover between the Main and the Goods lines. The derailment was caused by the excessive speed of the train through the sharply curved crossover.

The engine and the leading three coaches went down the 18 ft. embankment to the left and the five following vehicles were derailed. The engine was overturned and four of the first five coaches were demolished or heavily damaged. I regret to state that 11 of the 293 passengers in the train lost their lives, and that 157 were injured, of whom 62 were detained in hospital. In addition the engine driver and a travelling ticket collector were seriously injured, and 4 other railway servants, including the guard, sustained minor injury or shock. "

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