Aireborough Historical Society

Esholt Junction Train Crash 1892




Title
Esholt Junction Train Crash
Date June 1892
Location Esholt
Photo ID
A305
Comment

A locomotive belonging to the Midland Railway (number 179) can be seen lying on it's side after colliding with the rear of a passenger train at Esholt Junction.

This happened in the afternoon, the Leeds to Ilkley train (Midland 179) collided with the Ilkley to Bradford train and destroyed the rear six sections, overturning its own engine and tender.

Two lines to Leeds and Bradford converge at the Junction, each line with it's own signals (on the left) .

The Leeds signal was hidden by foliage and the engine driver mistakenly thought the Bradford signal was for him and continued down the line instead of waiting and crashed into the Ilkley to Bradford train.

Five people were killed and many injured.

 

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