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The 7.55 am. special passenger train, consisting of a steam locomotive and nine coaches carrying parties of schoolchildren, from Gnosall to York through Stoke and Macclesfield, ran onto a temporary underline bridge immediately before Cheadle Hulme station at a speed greatly in excess of the 10 m.p.h. restriction, burst the track, and derailed. The train parted between the fourth and fifth coaches and the engine and the first four coaches travelled forward to stop with the fourth one on its side 130 yards ahead of the rear five coaches, on the junction between the Macclesfield branch and the main line from Crewe to Manchester. The train was christened the “Lollipop Special” by the popular press.