Railway Injuries and Deaths

It is rightfully acknowledged that cotton mill and factory workers during the Victorian era were at constant daily risk of suffering injury or death at their place of work. However it is also correct to say, but possibly less understood, that railway workers during this time were equally, if not more exposed to horrendous workplace accidents and death due to inadequate safety procedures. The following examples are testimony to an almost scant disregard for human life in the rail industry at that time.

July 1864-Railway Engineer Suffers Amputation

“A railway engineer named Mr Spencer met with a serious accident on the evening of Tuesday 28th June 1864, while travelling on the railway between Preston and Farrington. He left Preston on the limited mail train and chose to ride on the engine along with the driver and fireman. The rails were very slippery due to moisture and after the train had proceeded a short distance, he walked along the side of the engine in order to disperse sand on the rails to assist traction. The driving wheel was partially uncovered and whilst standing upon the bars crossing it, his left foot was cut in two. He gave an alarm and the engine was stopped at Farrington. Mr Howitt, Surgeon to the company was sent for and he proceeded to Farrington as soon as possible. He then brought Mr Spencer to the Victoria Hotel at Preston and amputated a further portion of the leg”

Preston Chronicle-July 2nd 1864

July 1864-A Preston Breaksman Killed

“On Thursday June 30th 1864 James Berry, a breaksman of Bolton St West, Preston was killed at Bushbury junction near Wolverhampton. He had gone out with a mineral train and whilst engaged in shunting work at the junction named was caught by the buffers of a wagon, knocked down and killed. Berry was married and leaves a widow and children”.

Preston Chronicle-July 2nd 1864

October 1864-Stoker has Both Legs Severed

“Between 12.00 and 01.00 pm on Friday October 7th 1864 a serious accident occurred on the London and North Western Railway between Crewe and Stafford at a place called Whitmore Mills. It appears that a goods train overtook another on the down line and a collision ensued. One of the locomotives was turned over and several wagons were set on fire. The stoker of one of the trains, a man named Kellet of Bow Lane,Preston had both legs cut off while the engine driver was seriously injured. The Crewe fire engine was at once dispatched to the scene of the accident and the line at the scene was blocked for several hours”

Preston Chronicle October 8th 1864

November 1865-Railway Guard Loses a Leg

On Thursday November 23rd 1865 as the 3.35 pm train was leaving Stafford for Preston, the guard Thomas Morris, attempted to get on the footboard of his van. In doing so his foot by some means slipped and he fell between the carriages and the station platform. The wheels of the moving carriages passed over his right leg and arm before the train could be stopped and Morris extricated.

He was at once conveyed to the Stafford Hospital, where it was found that his leg was so mutilated it was necessary to resort to amputation. Morris who lives in Lauderdale St, Preston has a wife and five children and lies in a precarious condition”

Preston Chronicle-November 25th 1865

March 1866-Porter Killed at Preston Railway Station

“On the evening of March 2nd 1866 an inquest was held at the police station, Lancaster Rd, before Mr Myers, Coroner, on the body of a railway porter named Robert Richardson, who met with his death under the following circumstances. George Walmsley, a porter on the North Union line said that the deceased was also a porter on the same line. On the day of the accident the deceased was engaged along with several other men in shunting a number of empty carriages. There were a number of carriages in the sidings and also some on the main line, all of which were moving at the same time. While passing from the carriages in the sidings to the main line, Richardson was struck by an engine that was passing and which ran over his leg.

Walmsley immediately went to his aid and found him in a most injured condition but conscious. He was removed to the waiting room while Mr Howitt, Surgeon was called in and he informed the doctor that at the time he was knocked down by the engine, he was going over to the main line to stop the carriages. Robert Richardson died about one hour after the accident. George Walmsley told the inquest he saw the engine at the top of the station where it whistled, but it was not whistling when it struck the deceased. If the deceased had been looking out he may have seen the engine. The station was completely blocked up save the line on which the engine was on.

Abraham Ellerington was the driver of the engine that struck the deceased. He had brought the train in from Liverpool. The line on which he went down was clear but the lines on each side were busy. On entering the station he caused the engine to whistle and was travelling about 5 or 6 miles an hour. Several of the jury observed that it was high time something was done at Preston railway station to deal with the increasing rail traffic and to render it less dangerous to the lives of railway servants and others. Many were of opinion that the death of the deceased was attributable to the insufficient space allowed for traffic. One juryman even commented, “We shall never have a different station until one of the directors is killed”.

The Coroner said that 3 or 4 similar cases had occurred at the station resulting in recommendations being forwarded to the rail company directors to provide more rail capacity. Unfortunately those recommendations had all been ignored. The deceased was 24 years old and unmarried but had a dependent mother living with him. The Coroner did not believe they could record a manslaughter verdict against the directors, despite the previous court recommendations being ignored, but was at pains to comment that had sufficient rail network been available, the engine in this case would have been allocated a proper line. The Coroner made clear that the only verdict that could be recorded was one of accidental death.

The jury followed the advice of the Coroner but added a caveat stating that Robert Richardson’s death was the result of an engine being allocated a wrong line for want of spare space and strongly urged the directors of the rail company to provide more ample rail lines at the station”.

Preston Chronicle-March 3rd 1866

March 1866-Shocking Death of a Railway Fireman

“A young man named John Eastham, a fireman in the employ of the London & North Western Railway Co at the Preston station, met with a terrible death early on the morning of March 9th 1866. It appears the deceased had finished his work at the station on the evening of Thursday March 8th. He was last seen at the station at about 11.30 pm, attempting to jump on one of the wagons of a goods train. There was no further sighting of him until the driver of the goods train in question, Joseph Hopkinson, when approaching Coppull felt his engine give a jerk. He reversed the train to the spot and found the deceased lying between the rails in a mutilated state and quite dead. This was about 12.15 in the early morning.

The driver passed on the information of his grim discovery at the next crossing which was Balshaw Lane and did the same at Euxton station. A number of platelayers were sent to the scene and removed the remains of the deceased to the Dog & Partridge public house, Charnock. It was believed the deceased, in jumping on the wagon did so with the intention of jumping off near Penwortham where he lived with his mother and in doing so, had somehow become entangled between the wagons and dragged to the place he was found. The deceased was 20 years old and described as a steady and industrious young man who was the main support of his mother”

Preston Chronicle-March 10th 1866

June 1867-Railway Cleaner Crushed to Death

The Coroner, Mr Myers, held an inquest on the afternoon of June 7th 1867 at the Union Hotel, Maudland Bank, on the body of Peter Craven 20, a cleaner in the employ of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Co at Preston. Joseph Nixon a coalman, said on the evening of Wednesday June 5th 1867 at about 7.30 pm, he saw the deceased between the buffers of two different engines in the engine shed near Croft St, Preston. One of the engines moved towards the other which was stationary and crushed Peter Craven on the buffers. Mr Nixon gave the alarm, the engine was reversed and Craven was released. The injured man had been crushed in the pit of the stomach and spoke just once as he lay on the floor while a doctor was sent for.

Joseph Nixon the witness informed the court he believed the deceased had got between the two engines to hook them together. He had gone between them on the off side and could not be seen by the engine driver. The engine was moving very slowly at the time and the deceased had not completed the task of hooking both engines up. The deceased had done this job before. John Benson the engine driver told the inquest he did not realise the deceased was going between the engines. He was reversing very slowly at the time and was required to wait for a signal after they were hooked. The deceased ought not to have gone between the rails until the engine was stopped. Ellen Ford deposed that the deceased lodged with her and died the morning after the accident. The jury recorded a verdict of accidental death”

Preston Chronicle- June 8th 1867

June 1867-Engine Driver Killed at Preston Wagon Works

“On Wednesday June 19th 1867, Mr Myers, Coroner, held an inquest at the police station in Preston on the body of Samuel Melling aged 22 who met with his death under the following circumstances. Charles Herford a mechanic said he was in the employ of Preston Wagon Works as was the deceased who was an engine driver for the company. About 2.00 pm on the day of the accident, deceased was busy pulling the engine off the centre so that he could start. He had a rope noosed around a nut, which he was using to pull the engine over the centre with. When he got it over the engine was set in motion by the deceased opening a valve and letting the steam on, the object being to help it over the centre.

The engine immediately started in full motion. A portion of the rope which was on the floor caught his foot and he was taken up by the engine and twisted round the shaft. In going round his head was struck against the wall. He was taken round the shaft ten or a dozen times. One of the men immediately stopped the engine and the deceased was removed where it was found he was quite dead. His skull was badly fractured and one of his legs was very much shattered.

The deceased had been in charge of the engine for about six weeks but should not have had the valve open. He had done the same sort of thing before and was cautioned about it. Mr Herford continued to say he was assisting the deceased to pull the crank over the centre but was not aware the valve was open. When he saw the engine start he jumped out of the way for fear of being caught by the rope. A verdict of accidental death was returned”

Preston Chronicle-June 22nd 1867

July 1868-Preston Guard Injured by a Burst Boiler

“On Tuesday 14th July 1868 the boiler of a locomotive belonging to the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Co exploded in a tunnel near Sowerby Bridge station. The driver and stoker both from Liverpool were very severely scalded, while William Hargreaves, the train guard from Preston was also injured on the head and chest. The engine was torn to pieces and a number of platelayers who were working on the line nearby were blown off their feet”

Preston Chronicle-July 18th 1868

December 1868. A Pointsman Mutilated at the Railway Station

“At about 9.30 pm on the evening of December 5th 1868 a shocking accident occurred opposite the goods warehouse of the London & North Western Railway, Preston. A goods train was being prepared for Manchester and several of the wagons were being taken off one of the sidings, when a pointsman named William Kirkham gave a signal for the engine driver to reverse steam in order to bring up some wagons in the rear.

It is supposed the driver failed to see the signal and he crossed the four foot into the six foot and repeated it. The driver reversed accordingly and the pointsman, who seems to have been standing near the four foot, was knocked to the floor by the engine and literally cut in two at the lower part of the body. He was afterwards conveyed to one of the rooms at the railway station. He was 27 years of age and leaves a wife and five children. An inquest held at the police station before Mr Myers, Coroner, recorded a verdict of accidental death”.

Preston Chronicle- December 12th 1868

August 1869-Engine Driver Suffers Amputated Foot

“On Tuesday 17th August 1869 a serious accident occurred on the Preston and Longridge Railway. An engine driver named James Benson of St Walburg St, Preston was standing at the curve situated about 100 yards from the Deepdale Road station, when he saw five stone laden wagons coming down the incline from Longridge at a very rapid rate. Realising the wagons had come away from the break van he ran towards them with the intention of applying the break. On meeting the first wagon he ran alongside it for about 40 yards, while at the same time endeavouring to climb upon it. Unfortunately he fell while in the act and the wheels of the wagon passed over his feet.

One of his feet with the exception of a portion of the heel was severed from the leg and the other foot was so badly mutilated it is expected it will also have to be amputated. The unfortunate man was immediately taken to an adjoining house while Dr Marshall was summoned. Upon arrival he bandaged the man’s injured limbs and accompanied him to his home in St Walburge St. Once there it was decided to amputate a foot and two toes of the other. Mr Benson is said to be doing as well as can be expected after so serious an injury”.

Preston Chronicle-August 21st 1869

September 1869-Inspector Killed by Engine

“Another fatal railway accident took place on the morning of Thursday September 9th 1869 near to Preston railway station, when a man named Richard Newsham was killed. At the following inquest William Ratcliffe said he knew the deceased who was a yard inspector. Mr Ratcliffe had been engaged in taking a number of wagons attached to a goods train, when he saw the deceased at the front of the engine just before it struck him, knocked him to the ground and run over him. The engine was close to Wellfield Bridge at the time and full of steam. It had just started and was whistling which was the usual thing to do. The train was upon the main line while another engine was situated on the down line and both were engaged in shunting activities. The train was coming from Maudland to Preston and was powered by a London & North Western pilot engine which had gone there to fetch wagons to the Preston station. Other witnesses gave corroborative evidence and the jury recorded a verdict of accidental death”.

Preston Chronicle-September 11th 1869

December 1869- A Breaksman Horribly Killed at Maudland

Matthew Whittaker was a breaksman with 20 years experience working on the railway at Preston. On Friday December 3rd he was busy scattering salt on the points near Maudland Bridge to prevent them from freezing in the cold winter temperature. While doing so he observed a goods train heading for Carlisle hurtling towards him on the same line. He quickly stepped over to the adjacent line but owing to the noise made by the goods train, failed to hear the whistle or notice a passenger train approaching from the North. The buffer of the oncoming engine struck Whittaker and threw him across the lines, resulting in the goods train passing over his body, severing both legs. The train was brought to a halt as quickly as possible, revealing Mathew Whittaker’s terribly mutilated body. His remains were then taken to his home close by”

Preston Chronicle- December 4th 1869

September 1871- Four Rail Workers Killed near Garstang

“Throughout August and the early days of September 1871, a group of men had been employed laying ballast stone along lengths of the Preston to Carlisle railway near Garstang station. On the morning of September 6th 1871 sixteen men were engaged in this working the region of Waddicar Wood where a significant curve in the line occurs and where caution is required in avoiding the trains. At the sound of a freight train being heard coming from the direction of Preston, the men stopped working and crossed to the other line to allow it to pass. At the same time however a passenger train from Lancaster to Preston drew near and according to procedure, sounded its horn to warn the men of its approach.

Owing to the curve in the line this train was not seen, with the men now concentrating on avoiding the freight train coming from Preston. By the time the danger was realised frantic attempts were made to escape both oncoming trains but sadly, four men were struck by the engines. One of the unfortunate men was dragged more than twenty yards with his body completely mutilated. Severed limbs were scattered about in a most appalling manner and when the bodies were recovered, only one of the men was still alive, however he died moments later. Despite a concerted attempt by the driver of the Lancaster train to stop the engine, there was insufficient time to do so.

As soon as the accident occurred a number of Doctors were summoned to the spot but there was little they could do. The four dead men were named as Richard Halliday 56, a married man of Preston, John Melling 29, also married with three children of Preston, Richard Clarkson of Galgate, married with three children and Edward Taylor 18, of Lancaster. In the case of the Preston men, Melling had only been a railway worker for two months”.

Preston Chronicle-September 9th 1871

November-1871-Fatal Accident on Ribble Branch Railway

“On Thursday November 23rd 1871 a very serious incident occurred on the Ribble Branch Railway near to the New Quay. The Ribble Branch line which runs under Fishergate Hill has a sharp gradient whish has to be approached at quite a high speed for the engine and train to successfully traverse the incline. On the day in question a dozen rail wagons were drawn up on the line by a London & North Western tank engine driven by a young man named Arthur Cunningham. As it travelled over the section of track where the greatest speed is necessary , the engine suddenly left the slippery rails, ran along the side for about 50 yards into some gardens and eventually swerved right around with the coal tender foremost, before falling almost wrong side up about four yards from the entrance to the tunnel.

Five of the wagons were thrown off the track, one of which was hurled against the tunnel entrance wall, while another was wedged between the wall and the engine. The engine had suffered extensive damage and the tender was crushed up behind the firebox. The driver Arthur Cunningham met with a terrible fate. He was found lying among the debris of the wagons minus one leg, which was later discovered on the opposite side, while his other severed leg was wedged in beneath the tender. Doctors Bowen and Howitt soon arrived on the spot and Cunningham was hastily taken to the Infirmary, where he tragically died some hours later. The stoker Thomas Ainsworth escaped with slight cuts as did the breaksman Robert Carter who was severely shaken. At an inquest held into the death of the driver, the jury after listening to all the evidence, were unable to ascertain why the engine left the rails and a verdict of misadventure was reached into the death of Arthur Cunningham”

Preston Chronicle-November 25th 1871

March 1872-Pointsman Killed at the Railway Station

“One of the workmen in the employ of the North Union Railway Co, on the afternoon of March 12th 1872, met with a dreadful and almost instantaneous death at the coal sidings on the north side of Fishergate. The deceased, named as Henry Reynolds, 52 years old, was employed as a points cleaner. While engaged in his occupation he was knocked down by one of the wagons of an empty coal train, the wheels of which passed over the lower part of his body. Another pointsman with the name of Threllfall was a witness to the tragic incident but could not give an alarm or render assistance in time. Once knocked under the wagon and run over, Henry Reynolds did not survive his terrible injuries long and despite all the help he immediately received, passed away after a few minutes.

No blame whatsoever could be attached to the other workers nearby including the engine driver who was unable to see the deceased. Reynolds was a married man and lived in Great George St, off North Rd. The subsequent inquest returned a verdict of accidental death”.

Preston Chronicle-March 16th 1872.

August 1872-Engine Cleaner Crushed to Death

“A young man named Isaac Hill was engaged in cleaning engines on the night of Tuesday August 20th 1872 at the engine sheds situated at Maudland. While working he was crushed to death by another engine which approached on the same line. An inquest was held and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death”.

Preston Chronicle-August 24th 1872

February 1874- Pointsman Suffers Severed Leg

“On the afternoon of February 2nd 1874 a pointsman named Henry Blackhurst who was employed at the points at Germans Bridge on the East Lancashire line, met with a serious accident by which one of his legs was severed from his body. Blackhurst had signalled one of the engines to leave the engine shed but before it could pull well away, he signalled for another engine to follow. He then stepped on the line in order to cross it but before he could get clear he was knocked down by the second engine and one of his legs was run over and completely cut off. The unfortunate man was only 21 years of age”

Preston Chronicle-February 7th 1874

May 1874-Breaksman Dragged Under a Train

A breaksman named Edward Lynch, 23 years old, suffered a severe injury on the evening of May 14th 1874 at Preston railway station. While engaged in shunting a number of wagons he fell across the rails and was run over, the engine dragging him for some distance. When the poor fellow was rescued he was removed to the Infirmary where it was discovered both his legs were broken and he had sustained other serious injuries. He now lies in a very precarious position” Preston Chronicle-May 16th 1874

June 1874-Railway Guard run over and Killed

“A shocking accident which proved fatal occurred on June 20th 1874 to a goods guard on the Lancashire &Yorkshire railway named Richard Bradshaw of South Meadow Lane,Preston. An inquest held on the body before MrGilbertson, Coroner, heard from Robert Graham a fireman, who said, the deceased was one of the guards on a goods train leaving Manchester for Preston on the day of the incident. The engine was uncoupled and took some other wagons from the junction to Horwich town, before returning once more to the junction. It was here the deceased got down from the engine to couple it to the wagons.

Witness then saw deceased go between the rails as the engine approached the wagons, which were touched by the tender. They waited 45 seconds for deceased to come away when the engine driver told him to ease the brake enabling the engine to reverse about a yard. The deceased then fell head first across the rails and the first wheel passed over him. The deceased was taken to Horwich where a doctor attended him, but was later transferred to the Preston Infirmary. James Hall the engine driver said, when he told the fireman to ease off the brake, he reversed the engine but did not put the steam on.

The deceased appeared to be sensible. He did not hear him cry out when the engine backed against the wagons. John Wright, a patient in the Infirmary, said that he spoke to the deceased who told him he went to couple up the wagons, when the driver reversed back quicker than he expected and the wagon by some means, raised itself up, caught him by the jaw and chest resulting in him being dropped on the rails when the brake was released. The deceased who was 26 years old made the statement just five minutes before he died. The jury recorded a verdict of accidental death”

Preston Chronicle-June 27th 1874

February 1875-Railway Porter Killed at Preston Station

“An inquest was held on Wednesday February 3rd 1875 at the Royal Infirmary before Mr Gilbertson, Coroner, concerning the death of James Unsworth who was killed at Preston railway station the day before. Unsworth of 67 Albert St, Preston, was 20 years of age and employed as a railway porter at the North Union Railway station. Henry Ingram, Platform Inspector, said he saw deceased at the station at 3.50 pm on the day of the accident. It was his duty to open the doors of the carriages when a train arrived.

Mr Ingram saw the 3.45 train arriving at the station. He was on the second platform on the west side of the station when he saw the deceased on the same platform and stood about 25 yards away. Deceased sprang forward towards the train and attempted to get on the footboard but failed to grab the handle of the carriage. He fell on the platform with his feet and legs under the footboard. He was rolled over ten or a dozen times. Ingram called out to the guards to apply the brakes and the train stopped almost immediately

.Mr Miles the Station Master gave similar evidence and added that after the accident the deceased was conscious. At the orders of Dr Brown the young man was conveyed to the infirmary. It was not unusual for the porters to climb on the footboard of the carriage to open the door before the train had completely stopped, although forbidden under the rules. Mr Miles confirmed the ankle of the deceased was under the wheel, his leg was broken and his body badly crushed. Peter Sudell, a porter said how he was to accompany deceased to the infirmary but when they reached the top of the steps of Maudland station he died. A verdict of accidentally killed was returned”

Preston Chronicle-February 6th 1875

June 1875-Breaksman Run Over and Killed

“Thomas Pilkington, a married man with three children was a breaksman employed by the London & North Western Railway Co. During his many years service working on the railway he had endured a near fatal accident during the 1860’s when, after being struck and knocked down by an engine, he was doubled up and carried some distance under the firebox. . His injuries were so severe that it was thought impossible for him to survive. However to everyone’s surprise, Thomas Pilkington made a full recovery and returned to full employment. Sadly his good fortune was to escape him while working at the London & North Western Railway goods yard at Preston, on May 31st 1875.

As he stood on the rails near to the repair sidings, a work colleague suddenly spotted some wagons coming down the line which were almost upon them. Leaping out of the way he shouted, “Look out Tom”, but it was too late. The wagons ran straight over Thomas Pilkington before he had a chance to move. His feet were in the six foot and his head in the four foot, with his body almost cut in two. The engine was soon stopped but the poor man died at the scene. As a mark of respect and in consideration of his long service to both the London & North Western and Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Companies, over 100 people including many workmates joined the funeral cortege of Thomas Pilkington as it made its way to Preston Cemetery”.

Preston Chronicle-June 5th 1875

January 1876-Railway Inspector Killed at Preston Station

In January 1876 a fatality occurred at Preston railway station which provoked significant and robust criticism by the Preston Coroner’s office, against the Directors of both the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and London & North Western Railway Companies, who jointly owned Preston Railway station. This criticism was possibly provoked by the high ranking seniority of the gentleman who lost his life in the tragedy, which was widely reported in the local newspapers. The Preston Chronicle reported the incident extensively and wrote,

It was heard with profound regret by the public that early in the morning of Monday 3rd January 1876, Senior Railway Inspector George Eckersley met with a shocking death at the Preston railway station. The deceased had to cross the line for the purpose of attending to the Manchester portion of the train heading North, and whilst in the act of crossing was knocked down by a tank shunting engine passing in an opposite direction, killing him instantly. This class of engines being very compact in design, run noiselessly, and with the wheels being wet, the lack of noise was still more profound. It is conjectured that Mr Eckersley never saw nor heard the approach of the engine. The remains of the deceased who was 57 years old and had worked at the Preston station since the very early days of rail travel in 1842, was conveyed into a waiting room.

William Hodgson, engine driver in the employ of the London & NorthWestern Railway Co, of Mount Street, Preston said, “I was driving the engine No 518 used as a shunting engine, from Maudlands engine shed to the goods yard at German’s bridge. In passing through the station we saw nothing in front of us until we reached the point where there is a footway at the north end of the station. Immediately after passing under Fishergate bridge I saw a man step between the lines of rails on which the engine was running. We were not more than two or three yards from him when I first saw him. He appeared to be crossing the rails a little lower down than the wooden footway. I did not feel any shock of the engine to indicate whether we had passed over anyone, but we felt sure we must have done so because we had seen him close to the engine. I put the brake on at once, reversed the engine and stopped in about 20 or 30 yards. I could not tell the speed at which we were travelling but had shut off speed at Dock St. After we stopped I went back and found deceased between the rails, then went straight to the platform to inform the porters.

In summing up the Coroner said, “It is clear to every passenger who has to make use of Preston station from time to time, that traffic is carried on at great risk and that the means of communication between one side and another is miserably slow where the numbers daily crossing over, as here, are so very large. You know that at the north end there is no way of getting across to the west side of the station without using the footway or level crossing, and it is almost too much to expect that this can be done by day without at some time or other, leading to what may turn out to be a dire calamity.”

The Coroner finished his summing up by reminding the two railway companies in no uncertain terms, of their expected obligations towards customers using Preston railway station, saying,

“One cannot close one’s eyes to the great danger, the terrible danger which exists at the Preston railway station. It is a matter of general comment that Preston station is about the most wretched place along the whole line north and south. I will leave any man of common sense to say whether this is a state of things which ought to prevail in two such companies as the Lancashire & Yorkshire and the London & North Western.I should think that every station on their respective lines has been reconstructed two or three times over the years, but we are kept behind everybody in Preston, yet Preston is an important town. It is the largest town by a long way along the whole line of railway between London and Glasgow and yet it is left year after year in this wretched state.

The jury returned a verdict of accidental death but recommended urgent safety improvements should be carried out at the station”.

Preston Chronicle-January 8th 1876

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