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Details of the Accident

Place Irk Valley Junction
Date Saturday 15th August 1953, 7.40 a.m.
Railway Company British Railways (London Midland Region)
No. of Fatalities 10
Cause of Accident Collision
Description The Manchester to Bury electric train struck a local steam train and the front coach plunged from the viaduct over the River Irk.

Sources/Further Reading

  • Backtrack, Vol 5, March/April 1991

List of Fatalities

2 of the 10 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
HALLSMargaret E.42, 1953/Sep Manchester 10e 6
HARDMANAlfred62Train driver, Driver of the electric train. Alderman and former mayor of Bury1953/Sep Manchester 10e 290