1911 07 21

1911 July 21st             Railway Mishap at Westbury

Narrow Escape of London Express

What was nearly a serious accident happened at Westbury Station on Wednesday. It appears that the driver of the 1.20pm train from Trowbridge mistook his signal on entering Westbury Station, and ran beyond the signal close to the cross-over line.

Just at the same moment the express from Reading, which slips a coach at Westbury, was due to run through, and it entered the station before it was possible to get the other train back.

Fortunately the express had slackened speed in order to go through the station, but so near were the trains to each other that the express actually touched the engine, removing a portion of the buffer and doing other slight damage. The engine afterwards returned to Bristol.

The affair caused quite a sensation. Had the Trowbridge train been a few feet further on the line a serious accident must have been the result.

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