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Document Summary

The report on the collision between a passenger train and a freight train at Old Trafford Junction in 1956.

This document was published on 11th May 1956 by Ministry of Transport.

It was written by Col. D. McMullen.


This item is linked to the Accident at Old Trafford Junction on 24th March 1956


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 22nd January 2007.

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"The 10.45 pm. steam passenger train from Manchester, London Road. to Warrington was travelling on the Down (electric) main line and was approaching the converging junction under clear signals at about 45 m.p.h. when the home signal was replaced to danger in front of it. The signalman had taken this action when he saw that the 10.8 pm. loose coupled freight train from Trafford Park to Saltney (via Cornbrook West) was about to pass the junction Down Branch line home signal at danger. The driver of the passenger train saw the Main line signal return to danger and made an emergency brake application; he had reduced the speed to about 15 m.p.h. but was unable to prevent a sidelong collision with the fourth or fifth wagon of the freight train which had run on to the Main line and was travelling at much the same speed.

Three of the forty passengers in the 10.45 pm. train received slight injuries, and they were taken home by car after receiving first aid treatment. In addition, the guard of the freight train was slightly injured."

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