This is a guest post written by Associate Curator of Railways, Russell Hollowood.
At 2pm on 17 January 2015, the School of Signalling Model Railway will restage a collision that happened near Heighington, North East England in 1949.
At 5.43am, on a dark, rainy and cold morning in Heighington, a goods train was struck by a following passenger train which was carrying 120 passengers. The goods vehicle guard and his trainee had to jump for their lives, as the passenger locomotive reduced their guard van to splinters, before proceeding to demolish several more wagons.
But how could it happen that the passenger train had been allowed to run into the rear of a stationary goods train? Where many people killed or injured? Was anyone prosecuted? To find out more come along to the 2pm demonstration of these events on the School of Signalling Model Railway.
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