Lancaster in the 19th Century

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The Terrible Railway Accident
at the Bay Horse Station in 1848

A serious accident occurred on 21 August 1848, when a northbound Euston to Glasgow express ploughed into the back of a local train stopped at the Bay Horse station. A woman was killed and about twenty passengers were injured. The woman's 18 month old child was thrown out of the carriage window but was barely injured.

(Told by the reporters of the Lancaster Gazette)

"It seems that just before five o’clock, one of the local trains which traverse the line at stated periods during the day, between the towns of Lancaster and Preston, had arrived at the Bay Horse station, on its way to the former place. It consisted of five bodies, the two hindmost being second and third class carriages, pretty well filled, chiefly, it would appear, with Preston butchers, on their way to the well-known neighbouring fair at Hornby. The station-master, we find, ran up his signal (a red flag) for the stopping of any on-coming train from the south, and had himself got into the luggage-van, for the purpose of taking out the luggage of a  passenger who had alighted. Meanwhile, the fireman (not the engine-driver, as appears to be understood) had gone to a coal yard, to get a cob of coal for the engine. The expected on-train was the express train from London, belonging to the London and North Western Company......."

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Bay Horse Railway Station

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