The Railway Accident

Throughout railway history, accidents were a relatively common occurrence, usually caused by human error. This photograph shows a more unusual one, as a viaduct has collapsed and the engine can be seen on its side on the embankment. The date was 2nd February 1916, during the First World War, and the location is Penistone in Yorkshire, which had a reputation as a railway accident blackspot. The engine was stationary at the time and the collapse happened slowly, so the crew had time to escape and no-one was hurt.

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