The 9.25 p.m. down passenger train, Fenchurch Street to Southend via Tilbury, travelling at 25 to 30 miles an hour, in dense fog, collided with 10 stationary wagons and a brake van, the rear portion of the 6.53 p.m. down freight train, Brent to West Thurrock, which had become divided as the result of the breakage of a draw-bar.
It is estimated that there were some 250 passengers in the train, and I regret to report that one (who was probably travelling in the leading coach) and the guard of the freight train..., were killed. Ten passengers were seriously injured; and, with 23 others, were detained in Old Church Hospital. In addition, 51 other passengers and one of the Company's servants (travelling as a passenger) suffered from shock and minor injuries.
The full report can be read here.
The passenger train was similar to this.
Ford's Ferroequiniolical Feast.
Of course, Ford's works, adjacent to Dagenham Dock railway station and originally served by another tranche of beautiful red buses, had its own train set. Apart from big trains whizzing around the country with trucks full of bits of motor car, as here in 2005, ...
Misjudged Modernisation Memory.
Just half a mile or so west from Dagenham Dock is (or, more correctly, was) Ripple Lane Marshalling Yard. Built as part of the ultimately doomed railway modernisation plan of the mid 50s.
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