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The report into the collision between two passenger trains at Motspur Park Junction in 1947.
This document was published on 26th February 1948 by Ministry of Transport.
It was written by Lieut. Col. G. R. S. Wilson.
This item is linked to the Accident at Motspur Park Junction on 6th November 1947
The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 6 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 6th November 2006.
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"The 4.45 p.m. Up electric passenger train from Holmwood to Waterloo passed at Danger the Motspur Park Up Main (Leatherhead line) outer home signal, having received a clear hand signal from the fogsignalman stationed there. After travelling nearly 300 yards it collided sidelong with the 5.16 pm. Down electric passenger train from Waterloo to Chessington, which was crossing its path under clear signals at the right handed double line junction. Both the trains were well loaded and I regret to report that four passengers lost their lives, including one of the Company's servants, [A motorman], who was travelling on duty: all were in the leading motor coach of the Waterloo train. [The motorman], who was driving this train, was fortunate to escape with his life as his cab was wrecked and he was detained in hospital with severe bruises and shock. Eight passengers were also detained in hospital, of whom four were discharged within a week, and 92 others complained of minor injuries or shock."
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