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Details of the Accident

Place Binegar
Date Friday 31st July 1885
Railway Company Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
No. of Fatalities 2
Cause of Accident Signalman error
Description Changes were being made to the interlocking in the signal box. The signalman pulled the wrong lever and diverted an up express train into a goods train that was standing on the down line. In mitigation, the signalman was inadaquately briefed on the consequences of the work being carried out.

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List of Fatalities

1 of the 2 fatalities that have been identifed so far are listed in the table below together with brief notes on any other information found so far.

The last column shows the General Register Office (England and Wales), Statutory Register (Scotland), General Register Northern Ireland or Civil Registration for Ireland reference where this has been identified.

Surname First Names Age Occupation Residence Notes GRO/SR/GRONI/GROIE Reference
BEAKESThomas49Train guard, Oldest guard on the line with 30 years service.1885/Sep Bath 5c 360