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RH068 The collision at Trowse, 1949

  • RH068  The collision at Trowse, 1949

NEW MARCH 2020. On a dark Thursday morning in February 1949 there was an accident at Trowse, just outside Norwich.

One of their new B1's, 61044, had just set out with the 6.25am passenger train from Norwich to Ely.  Owing to a signalman's error at Thorpe station the train was routed on to the down line.  Nobody on the footplate noticed, nor did the first two signal boxes it passed. In the third box the signalman realised what was wrong, but he was unable to do anything about it. Just after crossing the Trowse swing bridge the train collided with a J39 on a down freight.

This file provides the official report into the accident.  It includes maps of the track and signals from Norwich to Trowse.  As a bonus, two other pieces of information are supplied: one is the report and photograph which appeared in the following day's Eastern Daily Press; and the other is a short article describing personal recollections of a trip on the 06.25 Norwich to Ely train in 1949 (though not on that particular day), and the light it shed on the workings of both locomotives and coaching stock at that time.

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