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COLLISION AT STREATHAM JUNCTION

19th JULY 1935


The 5.18 p.m. train from Brighton (7.5 p.m. from East Grinstead) to Victoria, driven by Driver J. Ruman and his Fireman W. Ayers, was travelling at high speed on the up main line, when the coupled wheels of the engine became derailed. Fortunately no further derailment ensued, and there were no complaints of injury or shock from passengers or staff.

The train comprised the bogie coaches weighing 86 tons; it was drawn by tank engine No.2075, Class 1.3 super-beater 4 4 2 type, running bunker first, and weighing in working order 76 tons. The engine was fitted with the Westing-house air brake operating blocks on the coupled wheels only, controlled by the ejector working the vacuum brake on all wheels of the train.

After a few seconds preliminary rolling, apparently unusual at this place, the ooupled wheels of the engine left the rails to the left or cess side in quick succession; the train was then brought safely to a stand in about 544 yards, and the adjacent down main line was not fouled. The 15 passengers were de-trained and completed their journey by road transport, all being cleared by 9 p.m. 

 



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