Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Railway accident records at the National Archives

Rail accidents can be a nightmare ordeal - something my own family has direct experience of, with my father a survivor of the Ladbroke Grove train crash in 1999 (aka the Paddington Disaster), where he was the guard on the Great Western Train which was crashed into by a Thames Train, an incident which saw the death of 31 people.

If your ancestor was in a railway accident in earlier times, the National Archives at Kew may be able to help. The body's website has just announced that many railway accident records have now been catalogued by volunteers - for more, see http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/473.htm.


UPDATE: Ken Nisbet from SAFHS has contacted me to mention another useful site for accident reports, located at www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/eventlisting.php. (Thanks Ken!).

Chris

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3 comments:

Sandy said...

Speaking of railway accidents, if someone happens upon your site and they are BEGG's from Scotland, whose family had a young Adam George BEGG [bc1900], they might be interested in this. A young policeman who came out from Glasgow to New Zealand aged 25 and who ended up dying a few months later being hit by a train in a tunnel whilst attempting to apprehend a criminal... very sad story. My partner and I have 'adopted' his grave and the police are now in the process of refurbishing the lower section :-) [must update my page, I have since obtained his death certificate which states he was born Locklear Aberdeenshire and his parents were Alexander & Elizabeth Ann BEGG nee COUTTS]- not sure about Locklear..could be a typo. Doesn't seem to exist.

http://sarndra.com/begg.html

Cheers

Chris Paton said...

Thanks Sandy, goodf luck with the research - I've made a note at the Aberdeenshire and North East Scotland FHS Facebook page, hopefully that might generate some leads for you! See http://www.facebook.com/#!/anesfhs?ref=ts

Chris

Sandy said...

That's fantastic Chris i really appreciate that. Would be nice if it helps someone out :-)

Cheers