1907 Birmingham Tramway accident

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1907 Birmingham Tramway accident
Birmingham 1907 tram crash 1.jpg
Date 1 October 1907 (1907-10-01)
Location Birmingham, England
Coordinates 52°29′12″N 1°55′05″W / 52.4866°N 1.9181°W / 52.4866; -1.9181Coordinates: 52°29′12″N 1°55′05″W / 52.4866°N 1.9181°W / 52.4866; -1.9181
Country England
Operator City of Birmingham Tramways Company Ltd
Cause Brake failure
Trains 1
Deaths 2
Injuries 17
The overturned tram: from a contemporary postcard

The 1907 Birmingham Tramway accident was a fatal tram accident which occurred on 1 October 1907 in the city of Birmingham, England.


A tram operated by City of Birmingham Tramways Company Ltd was going downhill on Warstone Lane in the Jewellery Quarter area of the city. The brakes of the tram failed and it ran away. At the junction of Warstone Lane and Icknield Street the tram overturned at high speed. It skidded until it stopped on the other side of the street, smashing into the pavement. Two people died and seventeen more were injured in the accident. It is the deadliest tram accident in the area covered by the modern West Midlands county.[1]

The tram's brakes were later found to have been faulty.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Brady, Poppy (4 October 2007). "Pupils on right lines to history". Birmingham Mail.