Station Name: FRIEZLAND

[Source: Alan Young]




On 10 August 1909 the 9.20am up passenger express from Huddersfield to Stockport was hauled by LNWR 0-6-2 tank No.1608. When approaching Friezland Viaduct, west of the station, the engine and its three carriages were derailed. The whole train continued along the viaduct, coming to rest 135yd beyond the south end. The engine had fallen on its right-hand side (which was badly damaged) and then spun round after being hit by the first carriage, so the engine ended up facing the opposite way to its direction of travel, yet in an upright position. Driver Turton and Fireman Oates were both killed and the guard and 13 of the 40 passengers were injured.
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