Elliot Junction rail accident

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Elliot Junction rail crash
Elliot Junction station site geograph-3875627-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
Elliot Junction site, looking north-east
Date28 December 1906
LocationElliot Junction, Forfarshire
LineEdinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Incident typeCollision
CauseDriver's error
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The Elliot Junction rail accident occurred on 28 December 1906 between Arbroath railway station and Carnoustie railway station in Scotland, with 22 fatalities.

A Dundee and Arbroath Railway train was standing at Elliot Junction railway station during a blizzard when it was hit by a North British Railway train.

The Board of Trade Inquiry placed primary responsibility on the driver of one of the trains who had "failed to heed instructions to drive with caution".[1] It also discussed the role of alcohol and said that "the proximity of the Victoria Bar to the up platform is a very undesirable feature in the surroundings of [Arbroath] station. The substitution of a coffee shop and refreshment room would be greatly in the general interests of the staff".[2]

One of those injured in the crash was the Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) Alexander William Black, who died of his injuries shortly afterwards.[3]

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  1. ^ http://danger-ahead.railfan.net/gallery/elliot_jct.html Gallery - Elliot Junction 1906
  2. ^ Pringle, Maj J W. "Board of Trade Railway Department Inquiry into accident at Elliot Junction on 28th December 1906" (PDF). Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Election Intelligence. Banffshire". The Times. London. 31 December 1906. p. 9.

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Coordinates: 56°32′47″N 2°37′01″W / 56.54639°N 2.61694°W / 56.54639; -2.61694