1907 Birmingham Tramway accident

The 1907 Birmingham Tramway accident was a fatal tram accident which occurred on 1 October 1907 in the city of Birmingham, England.

1907 Birmingham Tramway accident
Birmingham 1907 tram crash 1.jpg
Date1 October 1907 (1907-10-01)
LocationBirmingham, England
Coordinates52°29′12″N 1°55′05″W / 52.4866°N 1.9181°W / 52.4866; -1.9181Coordinates: 52°29′12″N 1°55′05″W / 52.4866°N 1.9181°W / 52.4866; -1.9181
OperatorCity of Birmingham Tramways Company Ltd
CauseBrake failure
The overturned tram: from a contemporary postcard


A tram operated by City of Birmingham Tramways Company Ltd was going downhill on Warstone Lane in the Jewellery Quarter area of the city when its brakes failed and it ran away. At the junction of Warstone Lane and Icknield Street it overturned at high speed and skidded until it stopped on the other side of the street, smashing into the pavement. Two people died and 17 were injured. It is the deadliest tram accident in the area covered by the modern West Midlands county.[1]

The tram's brakes were later found to have been faulty.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Brady, Poppy (4 October 2007). "Pupils on right lines to history". Birmingham Mail.