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Railway Accidents

Wellingborough & Kettering News 16/10/1891, transcribed by Peter Brown

ACCIDENT—NARROW ESCAPE—Last Friday morning, just about 12 o'clock an accident happened at the Rushden end of the new line now in the course of construction. The Steam digger, “American devil" as it is generally termed, was at work excavating dose to the Washbrook road when, as the scoop was being swung over the truck placed to receive its contents, the winding chain broke, and the loaded scoop fell with terrific force on to the truck, smashing it to atoms. As a number of men are continually at work close to and under the scoop, as it travels to and from the wagons, it is considered very fortunate no one was hurt.

Wellingborough News, 5th February 1892, transcribed by Kay Collins

On Thursday afternoon as a young man, believed to be a native of Woodford, near Thrapston, was engaged driving a horse, attached to ballast waggons, along the new Midland branch line between Rushden and Wellingborough where it crosses the Wellingborough road, he stumbled and fell beneath the waggons, both his legs being terribly mangled, and one was nearly cut off. The bone of one of his legs protruded right through the flesh, and his clothes were matted into the wound. Dr. C. R. Owen and Dr. A. Wilson attended to the man's injuries at Rushden. The unfortunate man was removed to Wellingborough Ambulance station, and from thence conveyed on the carriage to the Northampton Infirmary, Mr. F. Robinson and Mr. A. Belton accompanying him. It is thought that if the injured man survives, both legs will have to be amputated. On enquiries being made last night at Northampton Infirmary as to the condition of the man on arriving, it was stated that he lay in a very exhausted condition, and the House Surgeon did not think he would live.

Rushden Echo, 12th April 1901, transcribed by Greville Watson

Serious Accident at the Railway Station
A porter of the Midland Railway Co, G W Perkins, met with a serious accident on Monday. While engaged in shunting, he fell, and a coal truck went over his arm, crushing it. Private Ablett, of the Ambulance Corps, and members of the railway staff rendered first aid, and Dr Owen was summoned. He deemed it advisable to remove the sufferer to the Northampton Infirmary, and this was accordingly done. Upon arrival there, the arm was amputated, and the sufferer is, we hear, progressing satisfactorily.

Rushden Echo, 31st January 1908, transcribed by Kay Collins

Accident at the Railway Station—A curious accident happened on Monday at the Midland goods station at Rushden. The 7.30a.m. goods train shunted off its usual heavy traffic, but the doors of the shed, contrary to the custom, had not been opened before the arrival of the train. Through a misunderstanding between the shunter and the yardman the wagons, numbering about 16, and weighing about 150 tons, were loosed from the train, and they crashed through the shed doors, carrying them the whole course of the shed, and then they smashed the second doors, carrying them outside. The wagons were travelling at a very slow speed, barely moving in fact, but the weight of the wagons forced the heavy doors in like match-boarding. No damage was done beyond the smashing of the doors.

Rushden Echo, 15th September 1911 transcribed by Peter Brown

Rushden Mail-Bag Accident
Cut Up on the Railway - Porter's Narrow Escape

The mail bag from Rushden to Leicester was cut up on Tuesday night by a passing train at the Midland Railway Station, Wellingborough

The porter, who was conveying it across the line with other luggage on a truck, did not notice that an express goods train was due to pass through the station until the last moment. He then hurried forward to escape it, and in doing so the mail-bag was jolted from the truck on to the line.

The train went over it and mutilated several of the letters. All the contents of the bag were recovered. The Post Office officials managed where necessary to put the letters together, and they will be delivered in due course.

Rushden Echo, 28th September 1917, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Accident On The Midland Railway

Some alarming rumours got about on Saturday night that a serious accident had occurred on the Rushden and Higham Ferrers branch line, and in some of the Sunday papers the occurrence was much exaggerated.  What happened was that between 4 and 5 p.m. on Saturday a goods engine working some trucks near Rushden brickworks fouled the points in such a position as to block the line, which on this branch is a single one.  The result was that all traffic was for a few hours completely blocked.  Occurring as it did on a night when passenger traffic was very heavy with Feast visitors, a good deal of inconvenience was caused, but nothing worse happened.  Trains were run to Irchester station, from which point people walked to Rushden.

1919 Train Accident at Irchester
Rushden Echo, 20th July 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins

Beast Killed—As a result of a cattle-truck running too fast from the brick bridge beyond Rushden Station back to the buffers last Friday, several beast were severely injured and had to be killed. One of the beast was practically killed by the collision.

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