Club learns of historical rail disaster

18:30 09 November 2012

Archant

The speaker at Thorncombe Rail Activities Club’s (TRAC) October meeting was Malcolm Garner, and he gave a talk on the 1968 Hixon Rail Disaster.

This occurred at one of the new automatic barrier level crossings which had recently been introduced. A heavy transporter was carrying a 120 ton transformer on a long low-loader travelling at low speed. The whole unit was nearly 150 feet long. As it crossed the main railway line from Manchester to London, it was struck by an express passenger train travelling at high speed.

The causes of this accident were thoroughly investigated and revealed that both British Railways and Wynn’s, the road haulage company, had failed to properly inform the public on the one hand, and ensure the drivers understood the dangers of these crossings on the other.

The result was a collision that killed eleven people, and injured 45, of which six were serious injuries.

As a result of this accident, much improved signage and information was created to reduce the risk of a repeat incident.

The next meeting of TRAC is on Wednesday, November 21, when Alan Reeve will give a talk entitled More Steam in the 1960s. This will be at 7.30pm in the village hall at Thorncombe.

0 comments

Other Entertainment Stories

23 minutes ago

A fun time was had by all ages at Gittisham Village Fete on Saturday, September 17.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:31

See the Sea – an exhibition of the work of Peter Goodhall – begins at Kennaway House, Sidmouth, on Saturday, October 1 and runs until October 9.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:30

There are always events going on in the area, here are just two.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:30

Defender Of The Dead, Boiling Kettle Theatre Company’s new touring comedy, will be staged at Stockland Village Hall.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Axminster Drama Club has completed its final rehearsals for its production of Mark C Bourne’s black comedy called A Better You.

Read more
Wed, 17:30

A Bridport author will be signing copies of her book this weekend.

Read more
Tue, 17:30

Newsflash! There’s been a series of high-profile crimes right across the city – but fear not… the police chief’s put his best man on the job.

Read more
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

An appeal has been issued for memorabilia to be put on display for the Shute Local History Weekend.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read Entertainment

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications