The report on the connecting rod failure on a goods train at Northolt Junction in 1950.
This document was published on 10th January 1951 by Ministry of Transport.
It was written by J. L. M. Moore.
This item is linked to the Accident at Northolt Junction on 28th August 1950
The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 4 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 29th November 2006.
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"The 10.25 a.m. goods train from Woodford to Neasden, travelling on the up fast line, was approaching Northolt Junction West distant signal when the little-end of the right connecting rod of the engine became disconnected from the crosshead. Fortunately the rod bent without breaking, and, locking the wheels almost instantly, prevented further serious damage to the motion, brake rigging etc., such as might have led to derailment. Damage to the boiler was also minimized by a robust cast steel cross-stay between the main frames immediately in front of the firebox. Nevertheless, the outer steel shell of the boiler was punctured near the foundation ring, and the inner copper firebox was bulged inwards.
The boiler emptied itself on to the track and some of the steam and water, entering the ashpan, passed through the firehole, compelling the driver and his fireman to leave the footplate. The fireman in his haste was unable to open the door on his own side and when both reached the framing on the left-hand side of the cab they found themselves enveloped in steam and water which was rebounding from the ground. They escaped serious injury, however, and after receiving first aid treatment at Northolt Junction West signal box, and drying their clothes in the brake van, they were able to return to their homes at Woodford. [The driver], whose face was slightly scalded, resumed duty after two days, and [the fireman] was absent only one day as a result of shock. "
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