Penmaenmawr Railway Disaster

The disaster scene
In 1950, the nation’s newspapers and radio were full of news of a major railway disaster in the quiet Snowdonia town of Penmaenmawr. A little after 3 am on 27 August, a train from Holyhead with over 500 passengers from Ireland, collided with the rear of a small railway locomotive which had travelled from Llandudno Junction to collect a number of stone wagons from the sidings. The engine was crossing the main line to gain access to the sidings.

A fireman on board the small engine heard the Holyhead train coming and signalled to the signal box with his lamp that a collision was about to happen. The signalman changed the signals for the Holyhead train to red, but it was too late. The passenger train collided with the rear of the small engine pushing it forwards for about 240 yards, ripping the tracks. The force of the collision shattered the sleeping carriage of the passenger train, which was immediately behind the locomotive, and five people inside were killed. Several further carriages were thrown off the rails.

Raising the locoBoth the running lines were blocked and a second collision was prevented when a freight train approaching from the east was stopped just clear of the wreckage by the prompt action of the driver of the Holyhead train who knew the freight train was due and, on his instructions, the fireman went forward, despite painful injuries from which he would later be hospitalised, and protected the line with detonators to warm the oncoming train. The goods driver saw the signal change and then heard the detonators, and braked hard, stopping 120 yards before he would have hit the coaches lying across the down line. It was particularly fortunate that the goods train was stopped because its load included ammunition.

After the crash, local people came to the station with blankets and a cafe nearby opened to dispense tea and coffee to the rescuers and survivors. Penmaenmawr station was used as a casualty-clearing area until ambulances arrived to take the injured to hospital in all 36 people were injured and six killed (five at the site and one later in hospital) – a remarkably small number.

A Pathé newsreel shows a video of the aftermath of the crash test.  

 

13,969 comments on “Penmaenmawr Railway Disaster

  1. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post! It is the little changes that produce the greatest changes. Thanks for sharing!

  2. A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I think that you ought to write more about this issue, it might not be a taboo subject but typically folks don’t speak about such subjects. To the next! Cheers!!

  3. You’re so awesome! I do not believe I have read through something like this before. So good to find somebody with some original thoughts on this topic. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This site is one thing that’s needed on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

  4. Everything is very open with a precise description of the challenges. It was really informative. Your website is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I’m pretty pleased to find this site. I need to to thank you for ones time for this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely loved every part of it and I have you book marked to check out new things on your website.

  6. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if
    it’s the blog. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Hello, I do believe your blog might be having internet browser compatibility issues. Whenever I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in I.E., it’s got some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Besides that, excellent site!

  8. After looking into a handful of the articles on your site, I truly appreciate your technique of blogging. I book-marked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future. Take a look at my website too and let me know your opinion.

  9. I’m extremely pleased to find this site. I want to to thank you for ones time due to this wonderful read!! I definitely really liked every bit of it and I have you book-marked to check out new things in your website.

  10. Iím amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog thatís both educative and interesting, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something that not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. Now i’m very happy I stumbled across this during my hunt for something regarding this.

  11. Hey There. I found your blog the usage of msn. That is an extremelywell written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and return to learn extra of your useful info.Thank you for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  12. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much, However I am experiencing troubles with your RSS. I donít know why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone else having the same RSS issues? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  13. Your method of describing all in this post is genuinely pleasant, all can simply know it, Thanks a lot.

  14. I wanted to thank you for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it. I have got you saved as a favorite to look at new things you postÖ

  15. Hello there, There’s no doubt that your web site could be having internet browser compatibility issues. Whenever I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Apart from that, wonderful site!

  16. I’m excited to uncover this great site. I want to to thank you for your time for this fantastic read!! I definitely appreciated every part of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new information on your website.

  17. After checking out a few of the blog articles on your website, I really appreciate your way of blogging. I added it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my web site as well and let me know what you think.

  18. Iím amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog thatís equally educative and interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something which too few folks are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy that I found this in my search for something regarding this.

  19. You’ve made some really good points there. I looked on the net for more information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website.

  20. You’re so cool! I don’t suppose I’ve read a single thing like this before. So nice to find someone with a few genuine thoughts on this subject matter. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This web site is something that’s needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

  21. I absolutely love your blog.. Great colors & theme. Did you develop this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as Iím attempting to create my own personal website and would love to know where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Thank you!

  22. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it won’t fail me just as much as this particular one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read through, however I truly believed you would probably have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of crying about something you could possibly fix if you were not too busy seeking attention.

  23. Next time I read a blog, Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint me just as much as this one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read through, however I actually thought you’d have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something you could fix if you weren’t too busy seeking attention.

  24. I absolutely love your site.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you develop this website yourself? Please reply back as Iím hoping to create my own personal site and would love to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Appreciate it!

  25. That is a very good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Short but very precise information… Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read post!

  26. Iím impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog thatís both equally educative and interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that too few folks are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I came across this in my search for something concerning this.

  27. I was very happy to uncover this web site. I need to to thank you for ones time due to this fantastic read!! I definitely really liked every part of it and i also have you saved as a favorite to see new information in your site.

  28. Next time I read a blog, I hope that it does not fail me just as much as this one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read through, nonetheless I truly thought you’d have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something you could possibly fix if you weren’t too busy looking for attention.

  29. A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. I do think that you ought to write more on this subject matter, it might not be a taboo subject but typically people do not discuss these issues. To the next! Best wishes!!

  30. An interesting discussion is definitely worth comment. There’s no doubt that that you need to publish more about this issue, it might not be a taboo subject but usually people do not discuss these topics. To the next! Kind regards!!

  31. You have made some really good points there. I looked on the internet for more information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this web site.

  32. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who has been doing a little homework on this. And he actually ordered me lunch simply because I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this matter here on your site.

3 Pings/Trackbacks for "Penmaenmawr Railway Disaster"

  1. FLINTLOCK PISTOL

    […]that may be the finish of this post. Here you’ll uncover some sites that we believe you’ll enjoy, just click the hyperlinks over[…]

  2. Weed Strains

    […]Every when inside a although we pick out blogs that we read. Listed below would be the most up-to-date web pages that we select […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *