Stanier Class 5 in accident believed to be in the Derby area, August 1954 George Martin
A memberís father took the attached photograph from a passing train, possibly in the Derby area in August 1954. The headlamp code suggests that the Stanier Black 5 was hauling an express freight at the time of the accident. Any details of location, date, locomotive number and further information regarding the accident would be appreciated
AnswerRecently sorting some of my DERBY records I found more information about the above query.
At the time I was a Mechanical Inspector in the LM CMEs Dept in Derby although based in the Locomotive Drawing Office I had been seconded to the tests with the air braked Class 7 and Class 5 locos + instructing mostly TOTON drivers on the operation of 70 16T coal wagons running up to 65 mph (but thatís another story in Midland Record No 13)
Most days I travelled from my home in Burton on Trent to Derby by train and I had been informed by a motive power colleague about the derailment so had my camera ready to get a shot of a BLACK FIVE making a forced entry into the ROLLS ROYCE aluminium foundry Unfortunately I cannot confirm the date so have to accept it was AUGUST 1954 but have found B&W negative which is some success.
The derailment happened on the DOWN GOODS LINE just before LNW JCT where the train will have to gain the main line through PEARTREE STATION and then usually stopped on the DOWN MAIN to BURTON. Iím sure the train was P481 DERBY-BRISTOL parcels which started from the lines (up and down goods + lines for ECS) opposite platform No 6. All other parcels trains ran from Platforms 4 or 6 on the main line and never ran on the goods line. I suspect the Derby driver used to running on the main line forgot where he was, hence running with the points still set against him. The accident was kept very quiet and I never found a report or anybody who knew the true story.
In those days there was a lot of trains on the down main or goods lines so with some late running and if I remember right permissive block signalling controlled the goods line so sometime a contusion reigned.
Between midnight and 0330 the following on the down were:
TIME PAST LNW JCT
PASS P277 BRADFORD-BRISTOL PASS/PARCELS 1221
PASS P317 7/5pm NEWCASTLE-BRISTOL 1243
FISH 10/20pm MILFORD JCT-BIRMINGHAM 0125
PARCELS P481 02.10am DERBY-BRISTOL 0210
PASS(FISH) SHEFFIELD-BIRMINGHAM 0250
11/10pm FF2 NOTTINGHAM-LANDOR ST 1218
8/10pm EXPRESS FREIGHT SHEFFIELD-LAWLEY ST 0105
10/20pm THROUGH FREIGHT SHEFFIELD-NORTON JCT 0135
12/10am - do - ROWSLEY-LAWLEY STREET 0120
01/08am MINERAL CHADDESDEN-WESTERLEIGH 0140
11/40pm THROUGH FREIGHT MASBORO-WASHWOOD HEATH 0149
01.25am - do - CHADDESDEN-TUTBURY 0158
11.30pm FF2 DRINGHOUSES-LAWLEY STREET 0244
03.00am THROUGH FREIGHT CHADDESDEN-WALSALL GOODS 0332
Anyway I enclose a photo for your interest and maybe it will be of some use.
Iíve quite a collection of derailments from the 1950s to date: the interest started when I was a member of the DERBY breakdown gang with steam crane RS 1038/40 and has never left me Ė many enjoyable jobs and some very sad ones but the overtime payment helped our first mortgage! (P.Webb:3059)
last updated: 13/05/15