Accident Reports

Improvements in railway safety have generally been the result of lessons learnt from accidents. The Board of Trade was responsible for accident investigations from the early days of railways for which it employed officers from the Royal Engineers.

Responsibility passed to the newly created Ministry of Transport during 1919 and more recently to the RAIB (Rail Accident Investigation Branch).

One notable feature of earlier accident reports was the speed with which the investigations were completed and reports produced - in stark contrast to today!

The links below are in alphabetical location order followed by date order when there is more than one accident at the same place. Click on the link to open a pdf copy of the report.

Accident_-_Accrington_4_March_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Adlington_Junction_28_July_1896.pdf

Accident_-_Agecroft_Sidings_3_August_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Appley_Bridge_19_May_1858.pdf

Accident_-_Ashton-u-Lyne_6_March_1863.pdf

Accident_-_Ashton-u-Lyne_17_December_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Bacup_12_July_1883.pdf

Accident_-_Bacup_27_December_1895.pdf

Accident_-_Bamber_Bridge_21_June_1864.pdf

Accident_-_Barkfield_Lane_2_October_1934.pdf

Accident_-_Barnsley_Branch_27_October_1869.pdf

Accident_-_Bellfield_4_January_1854.pdf

Accident_-_Bellfield_19_November_1858.pdf

Accident_-_Berry_Brow_11_September_1886.pdf

Accident_-_Bescar_9_May_1971.pdf

Accident_-_Blackburn_11_November_1875.pdf

Accident_-_Blackburn_5_June_1884.pdf

Accident_-_Blackpool_3_August_1863.pdf

Accident_-Blue_Pits_17_March_1849.pdf

Accident_-_Blue_Pits_13_August_1860.pdf

Accident_-_Blue_Pits_6_March_1861.pdf

Accident_-_Bolton_23_August_1852.pdf

Accident_-_Bolton_13_August_1855.pdf

Accident_-_Bolton_13_December_1873.pdf

Accident_-_Bolton_6_August_1875.pdf

Accident_-_Bolton_18_September_1885.pdf

Accident_-_Bolton_Junction_12_October_1886.pdf

Accident_-_Bootle_Lane_26_July_1852.pdf

Accident_-_Bootle_Lane_19_September_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Bradford_11_January_1883.pdf

Accident_-_Bradford_10_April_1884.pdf

Accident_-_Brighouse_21_October_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Brighouse_15_November_1875.pdf

Accident_-_Burnley_12_July_1852.pdf

Accident_-_Burnley_13_August_1873.pdf

Accident_-_Burscough_21_January_1850.pdf

Accident_-_Burscough_29_May_1858.pdf

Accident_-_Bury_14_February_1852.pdf

Accident_-_Bury_11_July_1855.pdf

Accident_-_Bury_8_November_1861.pdf

Accident_-_Bury_Hogside_Colliery_17_January_1850.pdf

Accident_-_Bury_Knowsley_Street_19_January_1952.pdf

Accident_-_Bury_Market_7_January_1869.pdf

Accident_-_Bury_Old_Station_7_November_1862.pdf

Accident_-_Castleford_5_April_1864.pdf

Accident_-_Chapel_Town_13_January_1866.pdf

Accident_-_Cheetham_Hill_Junction_7_December_1889.pdf

Accident_-_Chorley_18_January_1853.pdf

Accident_-_Chorley_21_May_1853.pdf

Accident_-_Clayton_Bridge_2_March_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Clifton_Junction_24_July_1869.pdf

Accident_-_Cranberry_Moss_21_October_1851.pdf

Accident_-_Cranberry_Moss_21_October_1851.pdf

Accident_-_Crofton_15_January_1859.pdf

Accident_-_Crows_Nest_Junction_29_December_1884.pdf

Accident_-_Darton_5_November_1861.pdf

Accident_-_Darwen_27_December_1973.pdf

Accident_-_Dewsbury_11_April_1896.pdf

Accident_-_Dixonfold_4_March_1853.pdf

Accident_-_Dixonfold_1_February_1859.pdf

Accident_-_Dobbs_Brow_Junction_30_March_1921.pdf

Accident_-_Dryclough_5_February_2011.pdf

Accident_-_Eastwood_25_October_1861.pdf

Accident_-_Eastwood_9_February_1924.pdf

Accident_-_Elland_22_November_1861.pdf

Accident_-_Elland_15_November_1865.pdf

Accident_-_Euxton_24_August_1853.pdf

Accident_-_Euxton_21_February_1866.pdf

Accident_-_Euxton_and_Farrington_7_September_1841.pdf

Accident_-_Euxton_Junction_5_September_1850.pdf

Accident_-_Euxton_to_Coppull_8_January_1873.pdf

Accident_-_Formby_11_August_1852.pdf

Accident_-_Goole_15_April_1873.pdf

Accident_-_Gregson_Lane_Siding_17_September_1873.pdf

Accident_-_Grindford_Bar_13_January_1873.pdf

Accident_-_Halsahw_Moor_31_January_1868.pdf

Accident_-_Hapton_12_January_1888.pdf

Accident_-_Heaton_Lodge_Junction_3_November_1849.pdf

Accident_-_Hebden_Bridge_28_July_1860.pdf

Accident_-_Hillhouse_20_December_1868.pdf

Accident_-_Hillhouse_1_February_1883.pdf

Accident_-_Hindley_31_October_1939.pdf

Accident_-_Hoghton_to_Pleasington_7_June_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Holbeck_4_June_1860.pdf

Accident_-_Horbury_and_Ossett_5_February_1868.pdf

Accident_-_Horwich_Junction_27_March_1887.pdf

Accident_-_Huddersfield_7_November_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Huddersfield_6_November_1989.pdf

Accident_-_Huddersfield_Tunnel_23_June_1858.pdf

Accident_-_Irk_Valley_Junction_15_August_1953.pdf

Accident_-_Kirkdale_Junction_20_January_1861.pdf

Accident_-_Kirkdale_Junction_28_March_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Knottingley_18_September_1850.pdf

Accident_-_Knottingley_22_November_1853.pdf

Accident_-_Knottingley_27_March_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Laister_Dyke_14_September_1864.pdf

Accident_-_Lea_Road_25_May_1853.pdf

Accident_-_Lea_Road_27_September_1865.pdf

Accident_-_Lea_Road_11_March_1936.pdf

Accident_-_Leeds_3_January_1855.pdf

Accident_-_Leeds_to_Normanton_18_August_1845.pdf

Accident_-_Leyland_3_February_1854.pdf

Accident_-_Leyland_2_June_1898.pdf

Accident_-_Littleborough_19_August_1855.pdf

Accident_-_Liverpool_Exchange_20_April_1883.pdf

Accident_-_Liverpool_Exchange_22_July_1886.pdf

Accident_-_Lockwood_7_March_1869.pdf

Accident_-_Lostock_Hall_29_April_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Lostock_Hall_to_Blackburn_28_May_1849.pdf

Accident_-_Lostock_Junction_6_September_1858.pdf

Accident_-_Lostock_Junction_9_January_1925.pdf

Accident_-_Luddenfoot_16_September_1847.pdf

Accident_-_Luddendenfoot_26_March_1925.pdf

Accident_-_Lytham_20_September_1849.pdf

Accident_-_Lytham_3_November_1924.pdf

Accident_-_Maghull_1_January_1850.pdf

Accident_-_Manchester_Victoria_9_December_1856.pdf

Accident_-_Manchester_Victoria_15_April_1858.pdf

Accident_-_Manchester_Victoria_15_December_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Manchester_Victoria_26_January_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Manchester_Victoria_16_August_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Manchester_Victoria_12_April_1884.pdf

Accident_-_Manchester_Victoria_11_April_1932.pdf

Accident_-_Manchester_Victoria_1_January_1936.pdf

Accident_-_Manchester_Victoria_10_December_1947.pdf

Accident_-_Marden_ELR_29_August_1850.pdf

Accident_-_MiddletonJunction_19_March_1866.pdf

Accident_-_Middleton_Junction_26_March_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Middleton_Junction_14_December_1885.pdf

Accident_-_Miles_Platting_25_September_1865.pdf

Accident_-_Miles_Platting_10_Nov_1865.pdf

Accident_-_Miles_Platting_30_October_1868.pdf

Accident_-_Miles_Platting_10_May_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Miles_Platting_2_April_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Mirfield_7_January_1861.pdf

Accident_-_Mirfield_30_June_1868.pdf

Accident_-_Mirfield_to_Heckmondwyke_11_June_1858.pdf

Accident_-_Molineaux_Viaduct_14_December_1854.pdf

Accident_-_Moses_Gate_10_December_1860.pdf

Accident_-_Moses_Gate_18_January_1935.pdf

Accident_-_Mytholm_Bridge_3_December_1865.pdf

Accident_-_Newchurch_12_March_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Newton_Heath_29_December_1853.pdf

Accident_-_North_Dean_19_June_1868.pdf

Accident_-_Oldfield_Road_31_October_1868.pdf

Accident_-_Ormskirk_10_March_1859.pdf

Accident_-_Pemberton_13_December_1854.pdf

Accident_-_Penistone_9_December_1896.pdf

Accident_-_Poulton_Junction_21_August_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_16_December_1840.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_16_March_1847.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_16_September_1854.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_23_July_1855.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_25_September_1858.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_18_April_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_22_May_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_3_June_1884.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_17_October_1885.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_7_July_1889.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_23_July_1892.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_3_August_1896.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_16_January_1920.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_12_October_1931.pdf

Accident_-_Preston_18_January_1986.pdf

Accident_-_Radcliffe_13_December_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Radcliffe_Bridge_1_August_1865.pdf

Accident_-_Radcliffe_North_Junction_18_December_1884.pdf

Accident_-_Ramsbottom_22_January_1849.pdf

Accident_-_Ramsbottom_15_March_2018.pdf

Accident_-_Ravensthorpe_20_January_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Ringley_Road_16_December_1859.pdf

Accident_-_Rochdale_24_December_1860.pdf

Accident_-_Rochdale_13_July_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Rochdale_to_Blue_Pits_5_April_1853.pdf

Accident_-_Rufford_2_January_1884.pdf

Accident_-_Salford_22_July_1865.pdf

Accident_-_Salford_10_November_1865.pdf

Accident_-_Salford_28_May_1869.pdf

Accident_-_Sandhills_30_September_1865.pdf

Accident_-_Sandhills_30_December_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Sandhills_2_May_1933.pdf

Accident_-_Smedley_15_October_1959.pdf

Accident_-_Southport_9_March_1924.pdf

Accident_-_Springs_Branch_7_January_1854.pdf

Accident_-_St._Lukes_Southport_3_July_1921.pdf

Accident_-_Staddlethorpe_Junction_2_March_1889.pdf

Accident_-_Staleybridge_Victoria_Junction_13June_1866.pdf

Accident_-_Summerseat_27_September_1855.pdf

Accident_-_Summit_Tunnel_19_August_1855.pdf

Accident_-_Summit_Tunnel_20_September_1884.pdf

Accident_-_Summit_Tunnel_6_February_1922.pdf

Accident_-_Summit_Tunnel_20_December_1984.pdf

Accident_-_Summit_Tunnel_28_December_2010.pdf

Accident_-_Todmorden_21_October_1854.pdf

Accident_-_Todmorden_7_March_1869.pdf

Accident_-_Todmorden_11_January_1872.pdf

Accident_-_Todmorden_8_September_1886.pdf

Accident_-_Towneley_23_March_1858.pdf

Accident_-_Upholland_Tunnel_13_September_1870.pdf

Accident_-_Wakefield_Kirkgate_27_November_1884.pdf

Accident_-_Walkden_30_October_1922.pdf

Accident_-_Walton_Tunnel_26_November_1849.pdf

Accident_-_Wardleworth_12_June_1932.pdf

Accident_-_Whitehouse_West_Junction_13_May_1950.pdf

Accident_-_Wigan_17_July_1852.pdf

Accident_-_Wigan_6_March_1854.pdf

Accident_-_Wigan_28_February_1858.pdf

Accident_-_Wigan_15_June_1858.pdf

Accident_-_Wigan_10_July_1860.pdf

Accident_-_Wigan_1_November_1860.pdf

Accident_-_Wigan_20_June_1865.pdf

Accident_-_Wigan_25_November_1865.pdf

Accident_-_Winsor_Bridge_21_October_1857.pdf

Notes

Railway accidents were not uncommon in the pre-grouping era and the Lancashire & Yorkshire was a busy, congested system. It operated around 4,500 carriages and 30,000 goods wagons on its 600 route miles, all controlled by 733 signal boxes and groundframes.

Many of the files listed opposite were originally scanned and made available on-line by Railways Archive.

For details of accidents on other railways and much more visit: www.railwaysarchives.co.uk (use 'OPEN IN NEW TAB' to keep this site open).