Railway disaster: cattle trucks wrecked

Victorian illustration to download showing railway workers working at night by the light of bonfires to clear wrecked cattle trucks and dead sheep and bullocks after a fatal accident. In a railway cutting near a bridge the trucks are toppled off the rails. Dead sheep and bullocks lie on the ground along with timber from the wrecked trucks. Men on top of the trucks fix ropes between them and the top of the bridge to drag them off the line. This accident occurred in September 1867 at New Mills; the cattle train had first crashed into a ballast train, and had then run backwards to collide with a passenger express. Four men and a child died, and more people were injured. Read the whole story in our blog.