The report on the derailment of a passenger train at Shawford in 1952.
This document was published on 7th October 1952 by Ministry of Transport.
It was written by Brigadier C. A. Langley.
This item is linked to the Accident at Shawford on 20th July 1952
The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 5 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 27th December 2006.
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"The 3.24 pm. Southampton Central to Waterloo passenger train, comprising seven coaches drawn by a 4-6-0 type Lord Nelson class engine, was approaching Shawford Station on the Up Local line at about 30 m.p.h. when the driver mistook the signals ahead and passed the Up Local Home at Danger. This signal, which controls the exit from the Up Local to the Up Through a quarter of a mile ahead, was being maintained at Danger in order to give preference to a Southampton Docks to Waterloo Boat Train on the Up Through line. The local train over-ran for a distance of 560 yards and went through the sand-drag at the end of the trap siding. The engine overturned down a 20 feet high embankment and was followed by the tender and leading coach, both of which were derailed, hut fortunately remained upright. There were no casualties among the 70 passengers, nor were any of the crew injured."
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