Leeds Mercury (29/Oct/1913) - Railway Trucks Fall into Street: An Alarming Smash at Lockwood

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An alarming railway accident, happily unattended by serious personal injury occurred on the Lancashire and Yorkshire line, at Lockwood Station, Huddersfield, last night, about seven o’clock.

A goods train, consisting of about sixty waggons — some empty and others containing coal and general goods — had arrived from Hillhouse, en route for Clayton West, and was being shunted into a siding when a coupling broke about midway through the train, probably through a link jumping a hook. The disconnected portion immediately began to run down to the buffer-stop at the end of the siding line.

The guard. C. H. Walker[1], of Manchester Road, Huddersfield, as soon as he saw what was about to occur, jumped from his van to try to brake the waggons, but his effort was fruitless. The runaway dashed on the buffer-stop, which adjoins the Lockwood No. 1 signal-cabin, and demolished it, knocking the cabin askew by the violence of the impact. Even this impediment did not stop the waggons and two brake-vans, and two waggons were flung over the embankment at the edge of the bridge which spans Swan Street. They fell straight into the thoroughfare, a distance of thirty or forty feet, to the alarm of the people passing below.

The bridge itself was not damaged, but the permanent-wav under the trucks was badly torn up. The electrical fittings of the signal-box were broken, and the signalman, W. G. Brackenbury[2], of Newsome, who knew that the inevitable smash would imperil him, leapt from a back window on to the up-line. He was badly shaken, but only sustained a minor injury to the wrist.

Several people in Swan Lane had a narrow escape as the waggons thundered down. A young woman, eighteen years of age, living at Moor End, was just pulled back under the bridge in time, and a milkman passing below was almost struck.


  1. Charles H. Walker, born 24 October 1885 and married to Annie at the time. His son James was a trolleybus conductor.
  2. William Goddard Brackenbury, born 23 October 1870 in Netherthong. Married to Helena Hardcastle. Died 1944 in Knaresborough.