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Train Crashes at Turvey!

There have been a few 'dodgy'; incidents at Turvey.  Here are some I have discovered.

In 1930, a heavy goods train bound for Bedford split into two when passing over the top at Ravenstone.

The driver did not realise he had lost half his train and continued to Olney. The rear part of the train, meanwhile, gathered speed and collided with the front wagons in Olney station.  No one was hurt but I bet the driver had a few questions asked of him!

On June 17, 1960, a driver mistakenly moved  his

freight train out of Turvey station.  He collided with

some empty coaching stock and Engine No. 48616

was derailed and rolled down the embankment!

Luckily no one was hurt.

The top photo was used in the local newspapers.

One of the two observers near the train is my grandfather.

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There were railway related deaths reported in the local newspaper, the Beds Mercury on:

13 September 1870

1 November 1871

7 February 1871

21 February 1871  Charles Puddiphat, aged 29, whilst working on the railway.

Turvey Railways

On Tuesday, 24 May 1892, John Rench(sp?) Aged 24, was killed in the Midland Railway Shunting Department at Turvey.

Here is a close up of the damage to the cab of the engine.

The engine is an LMS Stanier 8F 2-8-0.  It was withdrawn from service soon after the accident, the first of its class to be withdrawn.

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Above and right - more shots of the striken 8f engine.

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The accident was big news in Turvey and many residents went along to have a look at the damage - and take pictures.

Here if the engine being put back on the rails.

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