Newport rail accident

The Newport rail accident occurred near Newport, Wales on Saturday night, 28 September 1907.[1] A mineral train from Rogerstone to Cardiff and a passenger train from Cardiff collided near the Ebbw Junction, killing 1 and injuring at least 12. The passenger train left Cardiff at 19:42.[2]

Newport rail accident
Date28 September 1907
LocationNewport, Monmouthshire
LineSouth Wales Main Line
Incident typeCollision
CauseSignaller's error
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The one fatality was Albert Workman - the driver of the mineral train - a married man with two children. Also injured was Ernest Day, aged 24, of Cardiff, fireman on the mineral engine. The passenger train was travelling at 50 mph at the time. The driver and fireman on the express train were thrown from their engine by the force of the impact, as was the fireman of the mineral engine. A number of passengers were also slightly injured.

According to the Board of Trade report,[2] the accident was caused by the signalman in Park Junction signal box pulling the wrong lever. This allowed the heavy goods train onto the down gradient and cross the main line into the path of the passenger train at Ebbw Junction. Even though he realised his mistake and returned the signals to danger, there was not enough time for either train to avoid the collision.

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  1. ^ "Accident at Ebbw Junction on 28th September 1907". The Railways Archive.
  2. ^ a b "Accident report from Maj. J.W. Pringle to the Railway Department, Board of Trade" (PDF). The Railways Archive. 26 October 1907.

Coordinates: 51°34′9″N 3°0′26″W / 51.56917°N 3.00722°W / 51.56917; -3.00722