Broad Gauge Disaster

placeholder gif[Accident at Hollacombe]

This accident took place on 21 September 1866, and involved the 9.53 "up" train from Dartmouth. Workmen had been laying a new set of points and had not put out any warnings! Fortunately no-one was hurt. A description appears in John Pike's book "Iron Horse to the Sea" (Ex Libris Press, 1987), although the date is quoted as 26 September and the photograph is given the wrong year; a contemporary report was published in the "Torquay Directory" newspaper of September 1866.

Written by Mark Pool

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Title Value
Written by Mark Pool
Organisation Torbay Library Services
Identifier ref 9
Contributor   Mark Pool  
Date   1866  
Format   mounted sepia toned photograph; mount 130 mm x 2150 mm; photo 165 mm x 950  
Language   en-uk  
Coverage   Devon. Hollacombe  
Source   Torbay Library Services  
Subject   Railways. Trains. Broad gauge. Accidents  
Type   Image  
Publisher   Torbay Library Services  
Rights   Torbay Library Services  
Keywords steam engine train broad gauge engineering