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The report on the collision between two passenger trains at Stockport in 1948.
This document was published on 10th March 1949 by Ministry of Transport.
It was written by Lieut. Col. G. R. S. Wilson.
This item is linked to the Accident at Stockport on 30th November 1948
The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 9 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 13th November 2006.
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"In darkness and dense fog, the 5.40 p.m. and 5.50 p.m. combined passenger train from Manchester (London Road) to Buxton, composed of 9 bogie coaches hauled by two engines, started against signals from Heaton Norris Up Fast platform into the short section ahead. After travelling about 230 yards it collided at 10-15 m.p.h. with the rear of the 5.11 p.m. and 5.17 p.m. combined passenger train from London Road to Crewe and Disley which had been standing for 7 or 8 minutes at Stockport No. 2 box home signals awaiting a clear platform ; the latter train was composed of 12 bogie coaches and was also double-headed.
The 10th and 11th coaches of the stationary train were telescoped together for half their length, and I regret to report that five passengers lost their lives and five were seriously injured. A further 21 passengers and [the Guard ] were detained in hospital for one or two days, and nine others were treated locally far minor injury or shock. Damage to the Buxton train was trifling and there were no casualties therein."
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