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RH029 The Official Report into the Fatal Collision near Norwich in 1874

  • RH029  The Official Report into the Fatal Collision near Norwich in 1874

NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 This file is a scan of the complete report issued by the Board of Trade concerning the catastrophic collision which happened between Norwich and Brundall in September 1874. The trains involved were a down express and the up mail.

It includes the full information elicited by the questioning of witnesses. Among the Appendices are details of all cancelled or irregular single-line telegraph messages which originated from Norwich between December 1873 and September 1874; a full list of those killed and the injuries sustained by the wounded; and a year’s data on the day-by-day timekeeping of the two trains involved.

There are also three drawings specially prepared for the report: a map of the line from the terminus to Brundall, with highlights marked (e.g. ‘asylum’ and ‘point of collision’); an enlarged plan of the route as far as where the single-line section started, just past Thorpe Junction (which reveals the layout of Thorpe station then, with the arrival platform, the departure platform and the ticket platform all marked); and a detailed plan of the telegraph office and adjacent rooms. Each of these drawings has here been reduced to fit on a single page, but is suitable to zoom in for greater detail.

In the original, a multi-fold insert was bound in.  It opened out to a little in excess of 28 inches by 21 inches and contained all three of those drawings.  If you wish to recreate this complete sheet you should also order File RH030 which is a single high-resolution JPG file, suitable for you to take to a local printer or copy shop to have an enlarged print made on a sheet of A2 paper or even a full-size print on A1.

The file here will be available to download as soon as payment has been made. You go to your account and click on ‘Downloads’. New customers create an account as they place their order.

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File Size (MB) 11.8

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