October 1903

   ACCIDENT. – At Croy Station on Saturday evening on the arrival of the 7.2 p.m. train, Matthew Burns, settmaker, Condorrat, fell from the train as it drew alongside the platform. When picked up he was bleeding profusely from a cut behind the left ear, while he seemed otherwise to have sustain3ed considerable injury. Dr Park, Kilsyth, was summoned and put several stitches into the ear, while it was also found that the skull was fractured and that the left shoulder although no bones had been broken, and had been strained and bruised. Burns, who also suffered much from shock, was taken home to Condorrat. It is surmised that the train had been still in motion we=hen Burns attempted to leave it. 

Kilsyth Chronicle, Friday 2nd October, 1903, p.3.

 

CRUDEN BAY FISHWORKER’S DEATH.

—————

DETAILS OF RAILWAY FATALITY.

   Further particulars are now forth coming in regard to the shocking accident which occurre3d early on Tuesday morning at Ecclefechan Stations, by which a fishworker named Jeannie Taylor, aged 19 years, of Cruden Bay, near Peterhead, was killed whilst travelling to Lowestoft for the fishing season. 

   Mr J. Summers, who formed one of the party, in an interview, said that their party left Port-Erroll at 4 p.m. on Monday for Lowestoft, the journey occupying some 24 hours. The deceased girl was going to Lowestoft for the home fishing, and was in the employment of Mr Alex Wood, fishcurer, of Peterhead. It was a corridor carriage, and there were four in the party, two girls and two gentlemen, including Mr Summers, who laid particular stress on the fact that there were no lights in the carriage. During the journey from Coatbridge to Carlisle at the time of the accident (about 2.30 on Tuesday morning) the carriage was also in complete darkness. The other girl accompanying the deceased, Miss Hannah Duthie, left to go to the lavatory, and having proceeded a short distance along the carriage, became a little frightened, and returned to the compartment and asked the deceased girl to accompany her. A minute later Hannah Duthie returned to the compartment, and informed the rest of the party that Jeanie (meaning the deceased) had gone. It was discovered that the carriage door was open, and it was presumed of course that in the darkness she mistook the outside door for that of the lavatory, with the sad result already alluded to. Needless to say, the affair created consternation among the other travellers, and Mr Alexander Stevens immediately pulled the communication cord. Mr Summers estimated that at the time of the accident the train was travelling at a rate of about 50 miles an hour. The train pulled up within about five minutes of the time that the cord was pulled, and, as it was being brought to a standstill, a goods train suddenly dashed past. That train, it is supposed, was the one which so terribly mutilated the deceased girl. Mr Summers and the rest of the party were anxious to help in the search for the girl, but were not allowed to leave the train. This was the deceased’s first trip out of Scotland, and during the Peterhead fishing she was employed by Mr C. M. G. Summers, who gave her the character of being an industrious and hard-working girl, and she was widely respected. Her mother is dead, but her father is living, and, as soon as the sad news became known, he was informed of what had happened. 

– Aberdeen Press and Journal, Friday 2nd October, 1903, p.4.

 

SAD FATALITY AT CARNOUSTIE STATION.

—————

Young Woman Killed.

   A sad fatality occurred at Carnoustie Railway Station last night. Miss Helen Lamb, residing at Fox Street, accompanied some Dundee friends to the station, and saw them leave by the 10.36 train. 

   On attempting to cross to the north side behind the retreating van, she was struck by the engine of the 10.10 train from Tay Bridge Station, and thrown violently forward clear of the line on to the platform. Dr Thomson was speedily in attendance, but his services were of no avail. 

   The unfortunate woman’s body bore few marks of injury, and death, which must have been instantaneous, was caused by fracture of the base of the skull. The melancholy news was broken to her widowed mother by the Rev. E. B. H. Macpherson. Miss Lamb was employed at Mr Hazel’s book manufactory, Dundee, and had travelled for many years on the Joint Line. 

   This fatality again enforces the necessity of doing something to remove the danger to life that exists at Carnoustie Station crossing. It is said that in this case both the signalman and the booking-clerk saw Miss Lamb’s danger and shouted to her. 

—————

ANOTHER ACCOUNT.

   The burgh of Carlisle was this morning thrown into quite a state of gloom when it was learned that a most unfortunate railway fatality had taken place at the station towards eleven o’clock yesterday evening. The level crossing at the station, as railway travellers know, is a dangerous one. It appears that last night a young woman named Nellie Lamb, residing in Fox Street, had occasion to see some friends away by the train leavding Carnoustie at 10.36. After the train had left the station she proceeded to cross the rails. The 10.10 train from Dundee was due at the moment, and, along with others, Miss Lamb was warned of her danger. She, however, ventured to cross in front of the approaching train, and had almost reached the opposite platform when she was struck on the head by the buffer of the engine and thrown with great violence on the platform. When the unfortunate woman was picked up she was in an unconscious condition. Dr Thomson was soon in attendance, but Miss Lamb never regained consciousness, and by the time the doctor arrived on the scene life was extinct. The deceased was about 35 years of age, and was a forewoman with Mr John Hazell, boot manufacturer, Dundee. She was well-known and highly respected in the burgh, and was the only support of her widowed mother, for whom in the sad circumstances the deepest sympathy is expressed. 

– Dundee Evening Telegraph, Friday 2nd October, 1903, p.4.

 

   SHOCKING DISCOVERY ON THE RAILWAY. – Between five and six o’clock on Thursday morning the driver of a goods train observed the body of a man lying on the railway between Dunfermline and Inverkeithing. Closer examination showed that it had been decapitated, the head lying inside the rails and the trunk outside, this fact pointing to suicide. The body has since been identified as that of a miner belonging to West Fife. 

– Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian, Saturday 3rd October, 1903, p.4.

 

  BOY KILLED AT TAIN. – On Saturday night a sad accident occurred at Tain Railway Station, when the young son of Mr Murray, stationmaster, was killed by a railway truck. It is supposed the young lad, who was only 9½ years, was crossing from the loading bank to the goods shed, when he was overtaken by one of the waggons which were being shunted into the siding. The sympathy of the community is extended to the sorrowing parents in their loss. 

– Inverness Courier, Tuesday 6th October, 1903, p.4.

 

ALARMING RAILWAY ACCIDENT.

—————

MAIN LINE BLOCKED ON SCOTTISH BORDER.

—————

GOODS TRAIN DERAILED AND WAGGONS SMASHED.

—————

Driver Warns Approaching Express.

   About midnight the Grahamston goods train, which is due to leave Carlisle between nine and ten o’clock, met with a mishap between Nethercleugh and Dinwoodie Stations in a deep cutting. 

   Through some cause not yet ascertained fifteen empty waggons were derailed and piled one upon another on both sets of rails. Breakdown gangs from Lockerbie, Beattock, and Carlisle were procured, and the work of clearing the line was commenced with the least possible delay. So great was the confusion that it was seven o’clock this morning before a clearance was effected. 

SERIOUS DELAYS TO EXPRESS TRAINS.

   Very serious delay occurred to north-going trains, including the morning postal and the eight o’clock London to Perth, and the Aberdeen and London express due to leave Carlisle at 4.22 a.m. The 5.45 a.m. London express from Carlisle passed with a delay of from three to five hours. South-going trains last night from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, and Aberdeen proceeded on their journeys some six hours late. 

   The goods traffic south thereof was at a complete standstill. 

BOTH LINES COMPLETELY BLOCKED.

   A later account states:- 

   The accident is stated to have been caused by a defective rail, which, when the heavy train passed over, broke. It appears that the engine and two waggons got safely over, but the fourth waggon became derailed, and the great rate at which the train was travelling – fifty miles an hour – caused fifteen waggons to be derailed and piled on the top of one another, both lines being completely blocked. Five waggons were smashed to pieces, and the permanent way torn up for a hundred yards. 

DRIVER’S PRESENCE OF MIND.

  The mishap occurred about a mile and a half to the north of Nethercleugh Station. The driver, Wickson of Carlisle, had the presence of mind when the accident occurred to turn his lamps to “danger,” and proceeded along the line sounding the brake whistle, warning the signalman at Dinwoodie and the driver of the 10.45 express from Glasgow due at the time. The train was composed of empty waggons. 

– Dundee Evening Post, Wednesday 7th October, 1903, p.2.

 

ACCIDENT TO A LEITH REDCAP.

  A redcap in the employment of the North British Railway Company, named James Stevenson (17), residing at Hope Terrace, Leith, early this morning, while attending a train of coal-laden waggons being shunted from South Leith Station yard to the Imperial Dock coal crane, fell and was run over, his right leg being so severely injured that it had to be amputated at the knee in Leith Hospital. 

– Edinburgh Evening News, Friday 9th October, 1903, p.4.

 

PLATELAYER KILLED ON THE RAILWAY.

    Thomas Aitcheson, foreman platelayer, Crawford Street, Partick, has been found dead on the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway, 30 yards south of Crow Road Station. The exact circumstances of the accident are not known, but it is conjectured that he was overtaken and run down by a passenger train at the mouth of the tunnel. The driver of the engine states that as the train was emerging from the tunnel he felt a jerky sensation, as if the wheels had passed over something. 

– Dundee Evening Telegraph, Friday 9th October, 1903, p.4.

 

   ACCIDENT AT WEST STATION. – Between six and seven o’clock on Tuesday night a boy named Robert Henry Crosbie, residing in George Street, Greenfield, met with an accident at the Hamilton West Station. He had travelled from the Central Station, and when in the act of crossing the line at the West Station, he was knocked down by an approaching train. Dr Loudon found that the lad had sustained a fracture to one of his ribs. 

– Hamilton Herald and Lanarkshire Weekly News, Friday 9th October, 1903, p.3.

 

CURIOUS OCCURRENCE AT CUPAR.

—————

NARROW ESCAPE OF RAILWAY TRAIN.

   A rather peculiar occurrence happened late on Saturday night near Cupar Railway Station, and one which might have resulted in a serious accident, but which fortunately led to nothing more serious than the detention for a short time of the Saturday late train from Dundee. The9.30 fast train from Dundee to Edinburgh left Tay bridge Station about 10.10 p.m., and passed Cupar about 10.30 p.m. When the train was approaching the east end of the station the signalman heard it jolting, and thinking something was wrong the rails were examined, and an obstruction noticed. It was found to be a small bale of canvas or some such material, which had probably fallen off a passing goods train and which had been caught by the wheel-guard of the express engine. Instead of being thrown clear, however, the package had been jammed between the rail and a guard rail, and was so tightly fixed that its removal was a task of great difficulty, and, indeed, it was only when fire was applied that the line was cleared. The 10. 15 Saturday night train was detained at the obstruction for about fifteen minutes. The express must have had a narrow escape from being derailed. 

– Dundee Evening Telegraph, Monday 12th October, 1903, p.2.

 

   FATAL ACCIDENT AT LANGHOLM. – Yesterday afternoon a fatal accident occurred at Moat Quarry, which is situated a little below Reddings Junction Station on the North British Railway. A fall of earth occurred, and John Little, one of the workmen received such serious injuries that he only survived about twenty minutes. Little resided in Canonbie. 

– The Scotsman, Tuesday 13th October, 1903, p.4.

 

   AN ENGINE DRIVER KILLED. – On Friday morning a pug driver named Peter McGivern, aged forty-two who lived in Summerlee Street, Coatbridge, was run over on the railway between Summerlee and Gartsherrie Ironworks by a mineral train. His body was cut in two. 

– Southern Reporter, Thursday 15th October, 1903, p.1.

 

RAILWAY ACCIDENT AT PIERSHILL STATION.

—————

   AN alarming smash, due to a light engine running into the rear of a stationary passenger train, occurred on the North British Railway Company’s line at Piershill Station last night, whereby several persons were hurt, two carriages damaged, and traffic interrupted for over an hour. Fortunately none of the injuries were of a dangerous character. Many received bumps and bruises, and were able to proceed, but the following persons had to be taken to the waiting-room and treated by ambulance and medical men, viz.:- Mrs Simpson, wife of a railway guard, living at Stoneybank Tollhouse, Musselburgh, severe cuts on brow and face and shock; Mr John Hutchison, an elderly man, employed as a joiner, and living at 130 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh, badly cut and contused about the head and face.; Mrs Hutchison,, his wife, breast bone bruised, contusions; Mrs Hendry, fruiterer, High Street, Musselburgh, bruised and cut about the face and brow; Mrs Rutherford, widow, residing at Downie Place, Musselburgh, bruised shoulder. 

   Tickets were being collected from the train leaving Musselburgh at 6.23 P.M., and which is due and had arrived at Piershill Station at 6.35 P.M., when a light engine coming from St Margaret’s and bound for Leith to work a train dashed into its rear. The impact derailed the rear-most vehicle the buffers of which pierced the next carriage. In both carriages there was much broken glass. Many people throughout the whole length of the train were thrown either on the floor or against the walls of their compartments. One gentleman, in a first-class carriage in the middle of the train was thrown flat on the floor. The lights in several carriages were extinguished. It was the passengers at the front and rear of the train who suffered most, however, and whereas the smash caused practically every passenger to jump out on to the platform, those abovementioned had to be assisted into the general waiting-room. Despite the fact that while int he act of assisting to collect ticke4ts, Mr McDonald, the stationmaster, got knocked about in the doorway of a carriage by the smash, he at once set to work to procure help. Messengers were sent to Piershill Barracks and to Meadowbank, for doctors and to St Margaret’s works for ambulance men. Mr Gourlay, foreman painter in St Margaret’s and expert in ambulance work, was first on the scene with ambulance outfit and got speedily to work. Major Duggan, R.A.M.C., from the barracks, and Dr Graves, Meadowbank, were also quickly forward. For an hour the waiting-room resembled a surgery casualty ward. Seen by a “Scotsman” representative all the injured told the same story of being thrown against the people sitting opposite or against the carriage partition. Mrs Hendry, who wears eyeglasses, which, luckily, were intact, though she had a cut in her forehead just above them, laying bare the bone, said she remembers clasping her little daughter in her arms when the shock came. the child was unhurt. They were in the last carriage. Mrs Simpson, who is a stout woman, was in the first carriage and was badly shaken and her face very much disfigured. Mr Hutchison, a grey-bearded man well up in years, also was in the first carriage. He said after the shock all was darkness for a time to him. He thought “it was all up with him.” The more fortunate passengers were all in a state of great excitement for a time, but when the damaged carriages were detached proceeded to Edinburgh. Mr McIntosh and Mr Sutherland, district locomotive superintendent, were summoned, and had a breakdown squad from St Margaret’s turned out, and the road was cleared at 7.40 P.M. Further examination showed that the permanent way was not damaged and traffic was resumed. Shortly after eight o’clock the injured were sent home in cabs. As to the cause of the accident the officials on the spot refused information. they said, however, that the light engine must have been going very slowly at the time as the impact was comparatively slight. 

– The Scotsman, Friday 16th October, 1903, p.4.

 

   FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT IN GLASGOW. – Charles McDavitt, a railway surfaceman, 7 Ferguson Street, Glasgow, was instantaneously killed, yesterday at Parkhead Station while at work on the North British line through being struck by an express passenger engine. The foreman warned him of the engine’s approach, but the deceased, owing to the noise of a train coming from the opposite direction, apparently did not hear him. 

– The Scotsman, Friday 16th October, 1903, p.4.

 

Railway Accident at Cleland.

   James McGrorty, 24, a miner, residing at Station Cottages, Fauldhouse, was returning along the line from a football match at Cleland last Saturday, and when near Bellside Station, was overtaken by a goods train which knocked him down and severed one of his feet. He was removed to the infirmary. 

Motherwell Times, Friday 16th October, 1903, p.2.

 

   NARROW ESCAPE ON THE LINE. – It transpires that a very serious railway accident was only just averted on the Caledonian Railway near Law Junction one night in the end of last week. An empty horse-box broke loose on the Braidwood siding, and sped down the incline. Fortunately it did not escape notice from the signal-box at Carluke; and though its momentum was too great to leave any chance of its being stopped, the signalman, with great presence of mind communicated with the Braidwood and Hallcraig cabins. the first thing to be done was to stop two London expresses which were approaching from north and south. This was immediately done, and the points at Law Junction were set so as to run the horse-box off into a siding, into which it crashed with such force as to be knocked off the metals and broken up. It was with relief that the watching railwaymen saw it keep the line at Whiteshaw, for if it had run off at the curve at that point the express due at Central Station, Glasgow, at 11.5 must have dashed into it. As it was, that train and the one bound for London passed the spot after a temporary stoppage, none of their passengers knowing of the danger that had been escaped. 

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, Saturday 17th October, 1903, p.6.

 

   KILLED ON THE RAILWAY. – The body of a man was on Sunday found on the Glasgow and South-Western main line about a mile south of Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, and it was yesterday identified as that of John Mitchell, who resided at 110 Duke Street, Glasgow, but has latterly been employed at Newton freestone quarries. He had been walking from Thornhill to Newton on the railway, and had been overtaken by a train and killed. Deceased was about fifty years of age. 

– The Scotsman, Tuesday 20th October, 1903, p.4.

 

CLEANING RAILWAY CARRIAGES.

—————

NEW INVENTION IN DUNDEE.

   An invention of a very ingenious nature, in the form of an automatic vacuum railway carriage cushion cleaner, is at present in operation at Dundee West Station. The working of the machine is of the simplest nature possible, giving a result almost perfect. An engine of 10 horse power, driven by a petrol motor, is fixed in a vehicle similar to a large ordinary luggage van, and it is capable of drawing air to a suction of about 25 lbs. to the square inch. Four lengthy hose pipes, with a nickel-plated T-shaped instrument at one end, are attached to the pumps. This instrument is drawn firmly over the cushion, and by the strong suction all dust is drawn into the pipes, and is ultimately deposited on the 4-foot way below the engine van. Thus no dust is raised in the carriage as by the old method of beater and brush. Besides a very great saving of time and labour – four men now going over a whole train in the time it used to take a dozen porters – there is no comparison in the result obtained. Another advantage is that the engine van is portable and can be moved about wherever required. 

– Dundee Evening Telegraph, Tuesday 20th October, 1903, p.5.

 

  Henry Northcote, engine-driver of the train which was involved in the disaster at St Enoch’s Station, Glasgow, in July last, was tried in the High Court of Justiciary at Glasgow yesterday on a charge of culpable homicide, and was acquitted. 

– Aberdeen Press and Journal, Wednesday 21st October, 1903, p.4.

 

   Railway Accident at Golspie Station. – Yesterday morning as the goods train due at Golspie at 9.30 was performing shunting operations at Golspie, a rather nasty accident took place, which resulted in considerable damage to rolling stock. In the short lie near the passenger platform were lying some waggons belonging to other companies, which were to be taken away by the train. In backing in for these, the engine driver must have thought that his train was in the long lie running into the goods shed, with the result that the waggon standing in the inner end of the lie was pitched roughly against the dead end, smashing the cross wooden bar to atoms, and the waggon half pitched up on the bank. The gas lamp and post close to the lie were also smashed as were also two of the axle boxes of the waggon. Other two empty waggons farther forward in the train were also badly damaged. It was fortunate that the man coupling and uncoupling the waggons during the shunting operations was unhurt. No damage was done to the permanent way, and the train was able to start in due time. 

– Northern Times and Weekly Journal for Sutherland and the North, Thursday 22nd October, 1903, p.5.

 

THE GLASGOW RAILWAY SMASH.

—————

“MOST DISASTROUS OF RECENT YEARS.”

—————

DRIVER’S WANT OF CARE AND ATTENTION.

  Colonel Yorke, in his report to the Board of Trade regarding the appalling accident to the Isle of Man train at St Enoch’s Station, Glasgow, on July 27th, by which 16 persons were killed and 64 injured, attributes the collision, which he describes as one of the most disastrous of recent years, to want of care on the part of the driver, Henry Northcote, in entering the station at too high a speed, and to inattention on his part as to where he was going. Northcote, if he was not acquainted with the station, should not have accepted the responsibility of taking the train to St Enoch’s, but having done so must bear his burden. 

—————

QUICK-ACTING BRAKES WANTED.

  The train, laden with holiday-makers from the Isle of Man, collided with the buffer stops at the station. The total casualties were 16 killed and 64 injured. the train entered the station at the speed of 12 or 15 miles an hour. 

   Colonel Yorke considers that the time has come for a reconstruction of the brake question. The brakes employed on the passenger rolling stock of the kingdom are not of the most modern description. Quick-acting brakes have been adopted on the Continent, but have been ignored in this country. 

– Dundee Evening Telegraph, Friday 23rd October, 1903, p.4.

 

   SERIOUS ACCIDENT ON THE RAILWAY. – Late on Saturday night a serious mishap befel a navvy named Patrick McCardle by which he lost his right foot by a goods train passing over his leg below the knee. The unfortunate fellow, who is 22 years of age, was engaged by Mr Symington, of Coatbridge in the afternoon. On returning at night so as to go to his work on Sunday morning he got a passenger train as far as Caldercruix, where he evidently had boarded a goods train without, apparently, the guards knowing, and on attempting to leave the train while it was in motion, about 300 yards to the east of Armadale Station, he fell in such a way that part of the train passed over his leg. His cries were heard by Mr Duff, the station agent, who was hastening to make enquiries when he met someone who told him what had happened. Mr Duff had by this time procured the tourniquet, and soon had it fixed on to the injured limb, and by this menas saved the man’s life by arresting the great flow of blood. Mr Duff, on first learning what was wrong, dispatched one of the station clerks for a doctor, and at the same time proceeded to have Mc McCardle conveyed to the waiting-room. On the arrival of Dr Duff he found the lower part of the leg hanging by a thread, and as once set to work to complete the amputation and dress the wound, after which a special engine was got and the patient conveyed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. 

Linlithgowshire Gazette, Friday 23rd October, 1903, p.8.

 

   ACCIDENT. – On Saturday, Henry Kane, brakesman, Twechar,  came off the engine, detached two waggons, and was running alongside to break them as they were going into a lye, when his right foot was run over by a waggon wheel. The foot was so badly injured that Kane was taken to the infirmary. 

Kilsyth Chronicle, Friday 23th October, 1903, p.3.

 

  ANOTHER ACCIDENT AT HAMILTON CALEDONIAN CENTRAL STATION. – Yesterday afternoon another accident took place at the Central Station, Hamilton, at what is now familiarly known as “The Hole.” A train of nearly fifty mineral waggons was passing between Orchard Street and Park Road bridges when a small waggon, which was between two larger ones in the middle of the train, became buffer-locked, and six waggons left the rails. Several were overturned, and the up-line was blocked. The breakdown gang, under Mr Hamilton of Hamilton West, arrived shortly after, and had the line cleared. This occupied nearly two hours, during which the passenger traffic was somewhat deranged. besides the damage done to rolling stock, the permanent way was badly cut up. 

   ACCIDENT NEAR BURNMOUTH STATION. – Yesterday forenoon, while Thomas Robertson, railway surfaceman, was at work on the North British Railway near Burnmouth, he met with an accident, having been knocked down by a passenger train, which had come on him unobserved. His injuries are somewhat serious. 

– The Scotsman, Saturday 24th October, 1903, p.8.

 

   CHILD KILLED ON THE RAILWAY. – On Sunday afternoon a sad accident occurred on the railway, about one and a half miles south of Drumlithie, when the infant son of John Tough, Mondynes, was killed. Tough’s house adjoins the railway, where there is a level crossing, and the child (only 17 months’ old) had wandered on the line, and went right in front of the 1.10 mail train from Aberdeen. Before the driver could pull up the child was run over and frightfully mangled. 

– Aberdeen People’s Journal, Saturday 24th October, 1903, p.8.

 

ACCIDENT AT PERTH STATION.

—————

   While Andrew Scott, night foreman, in the employment of the N.B. Railway Co. at Perth Station, was employed at his duties last night he was struck on the thigh by a pilot engine and seriously injured. He received a severe scalp wound, and his thigh was fractured. Scott was removed to the Infirmary, where his injuries were attended to. 

– Dundee Courier, Saturday 24th October, 1903, p.5.

 

   RAILWAY FATALITY IN GLASGOW. – Richard Penrose (25), a workman in the Star Fire Brick Works, Glenboig, fell off the platform at Glasgow Cross Station of the Caledonian Underground Railway late on Saturday evening, in front of a train which was on the point of leaving. Before the train could be stopped the engine had passed over Penrose’s body, crushing his right side and fracturing his skull. He died in the Royal Infirmary shortly afterwards. 

– The Scotsman, Monday 26th October, 1903, p.6.

 

MINER INJURED AT A GLASGOW STATION.

   A shocking accident was reported to the Glasgow Police to-day as having occurred at Bridge Street Railway Station on Saturday night. As a train was passing after 11, screams were heard, and shortly afterwards a miner named William John Wilson, residing in Bellshill, was found on the line with both legs severed. He was quite conscious, but died in the Infirmary two hours later. How the accident occurred is a mystery. Thus two fatal accidents befel the country visitors on Saturday in Glasgow. 

– Edinburgh Evening News, Monday 26th October, 1903, p.4.

 

   WOMAN KILLED ON HIGHLAND RAILWAY. – On the arrival of the goods train from Tain to Inverness, and due at Invergordon Station at 2 p.m., the driver reported that a woman had been run over and killed about half a mile to the east of the station, where there is a slight curve. The stationmaster, accompanied by one or two officials, on going to the place, found the woman lying dead on the rails, death having been instantaneous, as part of the head and one hand had been carried away. Her name is supposed to be Munro or Mackenzie, and that she lived with a sister at Rhives, in the parish of Kilmun Easter. She was about 62 years of age. The body was handed over to the police authorities, and after being examined by Dr Macrae, Alness, it was removed to the town mortuary for identification. 

– Elgin Courant, and Morayshire Advertiser, Tuesday 27th October, 1903, p.8.

 

  KILLED BY A RAILWAY ENGINE. – Glasgow police yesterday reported the death of a woman about forty-five years of age, and whose name and address are at present unknown. The woman while on the level crossing at Inchbelly, Springburn Road, was struck and instantaneously killed by an engine. 

   RAILWAY FATALITY AT COWLAIRS. – Thomas McIlroy, who resided at 65 Queenshill Street, Springburn, Glasgow, died in the Royal Infirmary from injuries received by being knocked down by an engine at Cowlairs goods station on Wednesday. Deceased, who was thirty-six years of age, was employed on the railway as a yardsman, and was crossing the line when he was struck by the engine. 

– The Scotsman, Friday 30th October, 1903, p.4.

 

   ACCIDENT AT THE STATION. – Yesterday forenoon an accident occurred at Bonnyrigg Station to a lorryman in the employment of Messrs Wm. Murray & Co., brewers, Duddingston. He was leading beer barrels in the siding when his horse became startled at a passing engine, and reared up, coming down on him, and knocking him down and trampling on him, causing severe injuries, chiefly about the chest, Dr Henderson saw the man, who was conveyed to the waiting-room, and after attending to his injuries had him sent home on the lorry. 

– Mid-Lothian Journal, Friday 30th October, 1903, p.5.

 

HORRIBLE RAILWAY ACCIDENT.

—————

TWO C.R. OFFICIALS KILLED.

  WHILE a permanent way inspector and a foreman platelayer were examining a set of points on the Caledonian Railway near Motherwell yesterday morning an express train from Lanark ran into them. Both were run over and killed. The name of the inspector was George Forrest, of Motherwell, and the foreman platelayer, James Gilhooly, of Wishaw.

Streathearn Herald, Saturday 31st October, 1903, p.8.

 

   FIFE RAILWAY PORTER KILLED. – While engaged at shunting operations at Oakley Station on Thursday, David Scott (28), a porter, was fatally injured. A sprag which he inserted into the wheel of a loaded waggon sprang back, and knocked him down in front of the waggon, the wheels of which passed over the upper part of his body, killing him instantaneously. 

– Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian, Saturday 31st October, 1903, p.4.

 

SERIOUS RESULTS OF INEBRIATION.

—————

ACCIDENT AT THE CENTRAL STATION.

   On Saturday night, Peter Conboy (23), a labourer, who resided in Alexandra Street, Wishaw, was removed to the Royal Infirmary, having lost his left arm through being run over on the railway at Wishaw Central Station. About 20 minutes after the 7 p.m. Cambusnethan to Coatbridge train had passed, a gentleman walking along the down-platform, at a quiet part of the station, heard someone moaning, and, following the sound, he found Conboy lying between the platform and the rails, his arm being completely severed above the elbow. It is supposed that, being the worse of drink, the unfortunate man had fallen off the platform on to the permanent way, and had lain there with his arm hanging over the rail, with the result above described. 

– Wishaw Press, Saturday 31st October, 1903, p.2.

 

   MYSTERIOUS RAILWAY FATALITY. – At a late hour on Saturday night screams were heard coming from the direction of the main line of No. 1 platform of the Caledonian Railway, Bridge Street Station, Glasgow. A train had passed directly beforehand, and it was feared that some serious accident had occurred. A foreman went at once to the spot and discovered a man lying on the line with both legs badly injured. the unfortunate man was Wm. John Wilson (30), miner, who resided at Kings Land, Muirmadkin, Bellshill. It is not known how he had wandered on to the line., Wilson died in the Victoria Infirmary. 

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, Saturday 31st October, 1903, p.6.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s