Little Salkeld rail accident

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Little Salkeld rail accident
Date 19 January 1918
Time 15:58
Location Long Meg cutting near Little Salkeld
Coordinates 54°43′26″N 2°40′47″W / 54.724°N 2.6798°W / 54.724; -2.6798Coordinates: 54°43′26″N 2°40′47″W / 54.724°N 2.6798°W / 54.724; -2.6798
Country England
Rail line Settle-Carlisle Line
Operator Midland Railway
Cause Line obstructed (landslip)
Trains 1
Deaths 7
Injuries 46
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The Little Salkeld rail accident occurred between Little Salkeld and Lazonby railway stations in Long Meg cutting on the Settle-Carlisle Line on 19 January 1918.[1]

As the 11 carriage 08:50 London St Pancras to Glasgow express approached the cutting a heavy landslip caused by a sudden thaw blocked both roads ahead of the train. Just five minutes earlier a platelayer had walked past the spot and seen nothing amiss. The engine, a Midland compound No. 1010, ploughed into the mass of clay at a speed of 60 mph, telescoping the front two carriages and killing seven passengers.[1]

The injured were taken the Cumberland Infirmary and Fusehill Military Hospital, both in Carlisle.[2]


  1. ^ a b Rolt, L.T.C.; Kichenside, Geoffrey (1982) [1955]. Red for Danger (4th ed.). Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 82. ISBN 0-7153-8362-0. 
  2. ^ "Train accident in Cumberland. Landslide on the line: six killed; 17 injured". Chester Chronicle. 26 January 1918 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 

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