June 1902

   RAILWAY ACCIDENT AT KILWINNING. – A railway accident, which resulted in considerable damage to the permanent way and to ten waggons filled with coal, occurred at the Glasgow and South-Western Railway Station at Kilwinning yesterday afternoon The axle of a waggon in a goods train broke while passing through Kilwinning Station on the Ardrossan line, and ten waggons were derailed. Unfortunately the accident occurred at the north end of the platform, where a junction is affected, and as waggons were scattered over the four sets of rails, traffic was considerably interrupted and for a time, blocked between Glasgow and Ayr and Glasgow and Largs. 

   FATALITY ON THE RAILWAY AT GOGAR. – A boy named Andrew Nelson, nine years of age, the son of a basketmaker, died in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Saturday night from injuries received in a railway accident. The boy was travelling along with his parents on Saturday afternoon from Stirling to Edinburgh, and when near Gogar he leaned against the carriage door, which gave way and precipitated him on to the line. The shock of the accident completely unnerved the mother of the boy, and the father was so distracted that he could not find the communication cord. When the train arrived at Edinburgh a telegram was proceeded along the line to the spot where the accident occurred. They found the boy lying on the six-foot way with his skull fractured on one side. With all possible speed the unfortunate boy was removed to the Royal Infirmary, but died shortly after admission. 

– The Scotsman, Tuesday 3rd June, 1902, p.7.



   A railway porter, named Peter Watt, met with a terrible death in Parkhead (Caledonian) Station, Glasgow, this morning. Deceased was standing on the south platform when a train drew up at the north side, and he jumped down on to the permanent way to cross the rails, not noticing that a pilot engine was approaching. The engine knocked him down and passed over him, literally cutting him in pieces, and mutilating his body in a shocking fashion. Death was instantaneous. 

   George Horne, 59, blacksmith, married, and residing at 34 Garturk Street, South Side, was instantaneously killed at 7.40 this morning on the Caledonian Railway near Polmadie Bridge, Glasgow. While walking along the line to Dubs & Co’s locomotive works, where he was employed, he was knocked down by a Hamilton train to the Central Station, and cast to the side of the line, with his head mangled, his forehead being smashed in. 

– Edinburgh Evening News, Tuesday 3rd June, 1902, p.5.


   KILLED FOR A PIECE OF CHALK. – A little boy named Robert Stringer was killed in a railway siding at Messrs J. & J. White’s Works at Rutherglen yesterday. He had gone in to get a piece of chalk, when some waggons moved. 

– Edinburgh Evening News, Tuesday 3rd June, 1902, p.6.


   RAILWAY FATALITY IN GLASGOW. – A railway porter, named Peter Watt (22), residing at 53 Winston Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, was killed at Parkhead Passenger Station of the Caledonian Railway on Monday night. He was crossing the line to attend a train drawn up on the opposite side, and jumped in front of an approaching pilot engine, which he had failed to observe. He was run over and instantaneously killed. 

– The Scotsman, Wednesday 4th June, 1902, p.8.


   Mr Alexander Campbell, tobacco spinner, 498 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, died yesterday morning as the result of an accident about a fortnight ago. While standing on the platform of the Ruthrieston Railway Station, he accidentally fell backward upon the line whereby his skull was split. 

– Dundee Courier, Wednesday 4th June, 1902, p.5.






   Yesterday morning, when the six o’clock train from Oban to the South was running through Pass of Brander, the fireman, Charles McNab, who was sorting coal on the tender, was caught by an overhead signal wire and thrown off the engine. He was taken on to Dalmally, where his home was, and died there at half-past eight. 



   About nine o’clock yesterday morning Mr John Tait, manager at MacLean’s Sawmills, Greenock, was found dead on the Caledonian Railway near Cartsdyke Station. The body was between the boundary wall and the rails. The only mark of injury was an abrasion on the forehead, and it is supposed that he had fallen in hurrying to get a train when proceeding for breakfast. Deceased would be about sixty years of age. He was well known in musical circles, and leaves a family. 



   George Horne (59), foreman blacksmith, married, and residing at 34 Garturk Street, Glasgow, S.S., was instantaneously killed yesterday morning on the Caledonian Railway near Polmadie Bridge while walking along the line to Messrs Dubs & Co.’s Locomotive Works, where he was employed. He was knocked down by the Hamilton train to the Central Station, and cast to the side of the line, with his head mangled, his forehead being smashed in. 

– Dundee Courier, Wednesday 4th June, 1902, p.6.





   About eight o’clock last night, a young man walking on the railway line near Todholes, Caithness, was struck by the train from Wick, and the whole of the carriages passed over the body, cutting it in pieces. An engine and van were despatched to bring the body to Thurso, where it was identified as that of a young man named Miller, aged 20, son of James Miller, carter, Wick. yesterday Thurso athletic gathering took place and also the Wick holiday, and about 700 excursionists visited the town. On the departure of the special train Miller, who was in one of the carriages, left it just as the train started because of some fighting in the compartment, and it is supposed he had started to walk home along the line not aware of another train being so soon due. 

– Aberdeen Press and Journal, Friday 6th June, 1902, p.5.


   The body of a respectably-dressed man, between thirty-five and forty years of age, was found on the Caledonian Railway between Whifflet and Mossend on Sunday. It was terribly mangled, having evidently been run down by a  train. 

– Dundee Evening Post, Tuesday 10th June, 1902, p.4.


   JUST IN TIME. – In connection with the recent wind storm an incident has just been made known. On Saturday morning, when the wind was perhaps at its height, a large spruce tree was uprooted, and blown across the railway line at Baluan. The mail train was almost due, and what might have been a very serious accident was averted through the forethought of Mr Lachlan Cameron, shepherd, residing at Baluan. He promptly cut the tree, and had the line cleared only ten or fifteen minutes before the train passed. 

Perthshire Advertiser, Wednesday 11th June, 1902, p.6.


   FATAL ACCIDENT AT CRAIL. – On Saturday, while assisting at the unloading of a heavy agricultural implement at the railway station, Andrew Ramsay, porter, was instantaneously killed. The clutch holding the jib gave way and Ramsay being caught between the falling beam and the edge of the waggon, received terrible injuries to his chest. Deceased, who was over 60 years of age, had been for many years a railway servant in the district, was much respected, and leaves a grown up family. 

– Leven Advertiser & Wemyss Gazette, Thursday 12th June, 1902, p.3.


   FATAL ACCIDENT ON THE NORTH BRITISH RAILWAY. – A fatal accident occurred on the North British Railway at Balbirnie place, Edinburgh, last night. The victim was an engine cleaner named Thomas Lunan, twenty years of age, residing at 10 Surrey Place, who was knocked down and run over by a train. 

– The Scotsman, Friday 13th June, 1902, p.4.


   RAILWAY FATALITY. – Early on Sunday morning the mutilated remains of James Addison, engineer, were found on the railway at Burnhouse Weighs, some distance north of Mossend Station. Deceased had evidently been walking along the line from Coatbridge to Mossend, when he was run down by a passing train. Addison was 38 years of age, and was in lodgings at Allan Place, Clydesdale. 

– Bellshill Speaker, Saturday 14th June, 1902, p.2.


   SAD RAILWAY FATALITY. – On Monday afternoon, Edward Gilchrist, foreman labourer, both belonging to Glasgow, while engaged, along with others, reconstructing one of St. James’ Station platforms. were accidentally killed. The men had been carrying wooden beams across the lines, and, when finished, stood outside the up-line leaning against the platform watching a train arriving on the opposite line. At the same time the 3.50 p.m. train from Gourock entered the station, Donaldson being thrown on to the platform horribly mangled, while other was carried along the line, his body being terribly mutilated. A third man, who was standing between, escaped in a miraculous manner, being thrown on to the platform without receiving injuries. Both bodies were removed to the burgh mortuary. 

– Paisley & Renfrewshire Gazette, Saturday 14th June, 1902, p.4.


   FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT. – Yesterday afternoon David Cameron, an engine-driver, aged thirty-four, residing at 191 Allander Street, Possilpark, was killed on the Caledonian Railway at Bellshaugh Junction. He was being relieved from his engine, and on stepping on to the up line he was knocked down by the Coatbridge passenger train on its way to Maryhill. The train passed over him, death being instantaneous. 

– Greenock Telegraph & Clyde Shipping Gazette, Saturday 14th June, 1902, p.3.


   A LOCAL LAD KILLED IN EDINBURGH. – On Thursday last a very sad accident happened to Thomas Lunam, whose father resides at Whitton, near Morebattle. Tom, whose age is eighteen, was engaged as a cleaner of engines at Haymarket Station, Edinburgh, and on crossing the line was killed instantaneously by the engine of an express train, which was running at fifty miles an hour. The news caused great sorrow in Hownam district, where he was brought up, and where he was a universal favourite, on account of his kind disposition and good manners. 

– Southern Reporter, Thursday 19th June, 1902, p.3.


   BOY KNOCKED OVER BY A RAILWAY ENGINE – FATAL RESULT. – On Thursday forenoon, while an engine belonging to the Caledonian Railway Company was proceeding along the railway line between Grahamston and Grangemouth, and at a point about 250 yards to the east of the Grangemouth signal cabin, the fireman observed a boy coming along the line in the opposite direction. the whistle was blown to attract his attention, but the boy did not apparently observe the near approach of the engine. The driver then pulled up, but just before the engine could be brought to a standstill, the lad was knocked down, but fell clear of the line, otherwise death would have immediately resulted. As it was, he sustained severe injuries, his head being badly fractured and his right thigh bone broken. He was lifted into the van in an unconscious state, and conveyed to Grahamston Station, where he was placed in one of the waiting-rooms to await the arrival of a doctor. In the course of a few minutes, Dr Stewart arrived, and ordered his removal to the Cottage Hospital, the ambulance waggon having meantime been telephoned for. On arrival at the hospital, he was examined by Drs Clarkson and Griffiths. No one apparently knew who the boy was, and, being insensible, his name could not be ascertained from himself. Later, however, he was identified at the hospital as John Hunter, 12 years of age, son of John Hunter, baker, Garrison Place, Falkirk. His injuries were of such a serious nature that he succumbed from their effects yesterday morning. 

– Falkirk Herald, Saturday 21st June, 1902, p.4.





   An unfortunate accident occurred yesterday on the Caledonian Railway at Stonehaven. A number of surfacemen were engaged at work on the line near the station when Robert Craig (27), who had been standing near the down line, was struck on the right shoulder by the postal train due to arrive at Aberdeen at 7.35, while it was running at full speed past Stonehaven. The unfortunate man was knocked down with great force, and sustained serious injuries. His right arm was broken, and his shoulder severely injured, and he was otherwise bruised about the face and body. Craig was picked up by his fellow workmen and carried to the station, and was attended by Dr Cruickshank, Stonehaven, who ordered his removal to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where his injuries were attended to. At the time the accident occurred, the postal train was running at a speed of between 60 and 70 miles and hour, and it is thought that Craig may have been drawn towards the train by the suction. 

– Aberdeen Press and Journal, Saturday 21st June, 1902, p.4.





   Between three and four o’clock this morning a breakdown occurred on the railway about 300 yards north of Dysart Station. It appears that a mineral train was proceeding from Thornton to Burntisland, and when nearing Dysart Station the spring of a waggon carrying about six tons of coal gave way. The accident occurred near the engine, and the driver at once shut off steam, but before the train could be stopped two waggons had been dragged from their wheels, and about a hundred yards of the permanent way torn up. Breakdown gangs were at once called from Burntisland and Ladybank, and in a short time the way was cleared, so that the traffic could be conducted on the north line. A large staff of men were then set to work, with the result that both lines were open for traffic by nine o’clock. But for the fact that the train was travelling somewhat slow at the time of the accident the damage would have been much more serious. 

– Dundee Evening Telegraph, Wednesday 25 June, 1902, p.5.


   RAILWAY ACCIDENT IN GLASGOW. – Yesterday morning, while the 9.45 A.M. passenger passenger train from West Kilbride was running into Eglinton Station, Glasgow, on the Glasgow and South-Western Railway line, the tender of the engine missed the points, and was thrown over on its broadside. The box van, which came immediately behind the tender of the engine, was wrenched from its wheel, thrown on its broadside also, and splintered to pieces. Fortunately, the passengers escaped from serious damage. the rails were torn up, and for a time traffic on the permanent way was rendered impossible. 

– The Scotsman, Thursday 26th June, 1902, p.3.


   ACCIDENT ON THE CALEDONIAN RAILWAY. – An accident happened yesterday at Mount Vernon Station, on the Caledonian Railway. The Motherwell Bridge Company are renewing the bridge that spans the Hamilton and Glasgow road to the west of the station platform, and while four men were riveting the girders, the swinging scaffold on which they stood gave way, and all fell to the road, about 20 feet below. The injured men were removed to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. 

   FIRE AT ARBROATH RAILWAY STATION. – Yesterday afternoon fire broke out on a flax-laden waggon at Arbroath railway station, probably caused by a spark from a passing engine. The Fire Brigade was summoned, and the flames were subdued before the fire extended to the other waggons in the train. The train was standing on one of the main lines, and some detention to traffic was caused. The waggon was badly burned, and all the flax was more or less destroyed. 

– The Scotsman, Thursday 26th June, 1902, p.8.



   Yesterday the railway line on the south side of Glasgow were the scene of a series of accidents. Fortunately, none of the mishap was attended by injury to life or limb, though in each instance considerable delay of the traffic ensued. The first of the series occurred to the 9.35 A.M. Glasgow and South-Western passenger train from Largs. While approaching Port Eglinton Junction, between Shields Road Station and the station at Eglinton Street, the engine left the rails, followed by the tender and a horse-box and carriage truck. The tender, minus the wheels, which were wrenched off, was thrown on its side on one line of rails, while the horse-box was over-turned on the other line. Considerable damage was also done to the permanent way, which was torn up some distance, and the rails were badly bent. Fortunately none of the passengers was injured, though several complained of shock, and all of them were obviously excited by the mishap. The passengers left the train at the scene of the accident, and proceeded to the station at Eglinton Street on foot. A horse which was in the horse-box is said to have escaped unhurt. Both lines of rails were blocked for some time, escaped unhurt. Both lines of rails were blocked for some time, especially the down Canal line, which it took several hours to clear. The wreckage consisted of the tender and the horse-box, while partial damage was done to an empty fish and dead meat van. The work of clearing the lines was expeditiously done by the Company’s breakdown gang from Corkerhill and the steam breakdown gang from Hurlford. 

   The other mishaps occurred on the Caledonian Railway in the vicinity of Pollokshields, causing slight interruptions to the traffic to and from the Central Station. The traffic between Gourock and Glasgow was affected somewhat after noon through the derailing of a number of waggons of a goods train near Pollokshields Station. The breakdown gang were called to the scene, and one line was cleared shortly after the mishap took place. Scarcely had the line been cleared when a second mishap, also to a goods train, occurred at Pollokshields Junction. In this instance also the accident occurred through a number of waggons being derailed. The result was that both lines to the city were blocked for some time. 

– Dundee Evening Telegraph, Thursday 26th June, 1902, p.3.





   Yesterday a shocking occurrence took place at Perth Station, when an elderly man named James Buchan, a master slater, residing in King Street, Perth, committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train. 

   Shortly after four o’clock deceased, who had been seen during the afternoon pacing up and down the platform at the north end of the station, proceeded over the line and his himself behind a wall for a few minutes waiting the arrival of a Highland pilot engine coming in his direction. On the engine nearing, Buchan threw himself right in front of the engine, and ere the driver could step his engine several of the wheels had passed over his neck, completely severing the head from the body.  

   Deceased, who has been in indifferent health for some time past, had been very curious in his demeanour. Deceased leaves a widow and grown-up family, for whom much sympathy is felt. 




   The first fatal accident in the making of the Cairn Valley Railway from Dumfries to Moniaive occurred on Wednesday at Muirside. Four logs of wood were being carried along on a bogey, and a labourer, Donald Campbell, was sitting on one of them. It fell off, and Campbell was crushed to death beneath. Campbell, who was nineteen years of age, came from Perthshire. 

– Dundee Courier, Friday 27th June, 1902, p.3.


   RAILWAY FATALITY. – A shocking railway fatality occurred on the Caledonian Railway at the new bridge which spans the Clyde on Friday morning. It appears that a miner was walking along the line for a short cut to his work at Kenmuirhill Colliery, when he was run down by a mineral train. He was killed instantaneously. The body was removed to the Carmyle Police Station, where it was identified as that of John Lynch, miner, residing at Pitt Street, Newton. Deceased was well-known in the district, and the sympathy of the inhabitants will go out to his sorrowing relatives. 

– Hamilton Herald and Lanarkshire Weekly News, Friday 27th June, 1902, p.4.


   SAD ACCIDENT. – On Saturday morning, an engine driver, named William Waterston, 50 Main Street, New Craighall, was crossing the railway at the Klondyke Pit of the Niddrie and Benhar Coal Company, when he was crushed between two engines. He was immediately removed to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he was found to be suffering from severe internal injuries. To these he succumbed within an hour or two of his admittance. 

Musselburgh News, Friday 27 June, 1902, p.4.


  ACCIDENT ON THE RAILWAY. – While a squad of platelayers were at work on Friday morning near here, one of their number named John Craig, before he could get out of the way, was struck by the express train going north, which passes Stonehaven about seven o’clock. He received severe injuries in the shoulder and back. He was attended by Dr Cruickshank, and was removed to Aberdeen Infirmary by the eight o’clock train. 

– Montrose Standard, Friday 27th June, 1902, p.6.

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