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Kilton Viaduct Ironstone Train Wreck (May 1909)

This is another shot of the accident in an earlier post.  This clearly shows how the N.E.R. overcame the problems that accidents caused to its passenger timetable. Drawn up close to the head of the accident (on the Loftus side) is a commuter train.  The passengers from a Whitby-bound train can be seen walking along the trackbed, some with small children, to board the commuter train, which will then take them on the rest of their journey. The accident occurred in 1909 and the wagons involved were fairly new. Unusually for mineral wagons they had continuous (air) brakes and were being used on trains between Liverton Mines and Cargo Fleet Works.

Many thanks to Simon Chapman for information.

Accident on Kilton Viaduct (May 1909)

Derailments were not uncommon on this viaduct, the curve and excess speed brought a few trains to grief! This image gives us a chance to see a good view of a heavy steam crane in action and also the damage caused  – bet this took some rectifying!

Boulby Rail Accident

An N.E.R. 0-4-4T sits across the 4 foot track instead of on it, I can’t quite make out its running number, but it could be 96 – a turn-of-the-century image.  The engineering team are on hand, the jib of the lifter can just be seen behind the locomotive.  This is one for the rivet-counters out there – what class of locomotive is this? Suggestions of a G5 from Robert McMurray. Eric Johnson told the Archive: “N.E.R. class “O”, no 505. de-railed at Boulby.

Thanks to Eric Johnson for the update.

Skinningrove Zig Zag – Shunt Accident

Oops – this looks like a right purler!  Is the engine the bright shiny one we saw in an earlier post? At a guess the train got away on him and either the guard got his hand-brake on and the locomotive didn’t, or a wagon skipped the track and this was the result.  It looks like a train of empties, so I’m surprised that the locomotive couldn’t hold it on the gradient.  Looking at the collateral damage, I bet someone lost his job over this!