SECR C Class - Operational Use - Accidents

Accidents

At 03:40 hrs on 5 May 1919, a goods train from Bricklayers Arms to Margate Sands overran signals and ran into the back of another goods train just to the west of Paddock Wood station. The Margate train was hauled by C class No. 721. It had 50 goods vehicles including three brake vans. The other train was hauled by C class No. 61. The fireman of this train was killed in the accident. Although the main cause of the accident was the driver of the Margate train failing to obey signals, the signalman at Tonbridge East signal box was also censured for failure to give the driver adequate warning that although the train had been accepted by the signalman at Paddock Wood, the line was not clear. The signalman at Paddock Wood had accepted the train under Regulation No 5 - "Section clear but station or junction blocked".

On 18 February 1948, locomotive 1225 was wrongly despatched into the north sidings at Goudhurst and derailed.

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