LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton
LMS Route: Rugby to
LMS Route: Rugby to Tamworth
LMS Route: Rugby to
LMS Route: Rugby to Market Harborough
Rugby Station: lnwrrm2375
View of some of the wrecked coaches from the Euston to
Manchester parcels which occurred on 26th August 1923. Five coaches were
wrecked in all when a coupling broke and the rear portion, without vacuum
brakes due to an earlier coupling failure, overtook and collided with the front
portion. Although the accident occurred within the confines of the station
fortunately no one was hurt.
Philip Millard of the
writes, 'The train was the 7/50 Euston - Manchester on Saturday 25th August
1923. The photograph must of course date from the following day. The train
Midland Railway 19ft 6in horsebox 242 (1887)
21ft 0in OCT
D.464 12050 (1904)
30ft 1in Brake Van D.385 8533 (1897)
30ft 1in Brake
Van D.385 08142 (1892)
50ft 0in BG 8395 D.378 (1904)
30ft 1in Brake Van
D.385 8547 (1898) - damaged beyond repair
Midland Railway 20ft 1in Parcel
Van 387 (1887)
21ft 0in CCT 011138 P.142 (D.448) (1891) - damaged beyond
30ft 0in Fruit Van CCT 12159 D.454 (1909)
50ft 0in BG 8303 D.378
30ft 1in Fish Van 12118 D.456 (1895) - damaged beyond repair?
42ft 0in BG 8594 D.382 (1916)
50ft 0in BG 8172 D.378 (1904)
0in BG 8861 D.382 (1911)
50ft 0in BG 8724 D.378 (1902)
50ft 0in BG 8049
West Coast Joint Stock 50ft 0in BG 212 D.79 (1902)
vehicles in total.'
So the two vehicles on the right would seem to be 8547 and
8395. It is harder to work out which high-roof vehicle on the left has had its
end smashed in. It would seem to be 12159 - if so the two old vehicles between
it and 8547 have been broken up in situ.
Steve Weston also of the
writes 'Harry Aland in his book 'Recollections of Country Station Life' quotes
on page 18 that a down parcels train broke in two sections when a coupling
failed at Kilsby & Crick station. It was decided to recouple the train and
work into Rugby without the vacuum as the pipe had been broken. Unfortunately
it failed again at Hillmorton. The train split and the first portion pulled up
at Rugby as usual. Then the second portion arrived......
Crick was a railway station on the Northampton Loop Line serving the villages
of Kilsby and Crick in Northamptonshire. It was located to the eastern side of
where the railway crossed the A5 road just west of the present Daventry
International Railfreight Terminal. It was located some distance from the
villages it was named after, especially Crick which was several miles away.
Coming down off the Southern Flyover, it would have hit the first portion at
Also to quote Mr Aland 'There was chaos. 'Watford' (A
porters nickname) came down the side of the train some while later, swinging
his handlamp and said the inspector 'George, who do you think buffered these
coaches up?' The reply was unprintable.'