Railway accident

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the scene immediately following a disastrous railway accident. A locomotive lies on its side, trucks and carriages are wrecked, and a fire is blazing. In 1868 the Irish Mail, travelling between Chester and Holyhead, collided with a goods train laden with barrels of petroleum. There was an immediate explosion, and a fire which raged for hours; the 33 who died, burnt beyond recognition, were buried in a mass grave at Abergele (see CH30).