PlaceArmagh, Armagh (1)
Date12 Jun, 1889,
Railway CompanyGreat Northern Railway of Ireland
No of Fatalities78
Cause of AccidentInsufficient brakes (no automatic brake) to prevent run back of divided train
Brief description of eventsExcursion train, heavily loaded with mostly schoolchildren, unable to climb steep bank. Driver elected to divide train. Rear portion ran back and collided with following train.
Source/Bibliography/Further ReadingRed for Danger, L.T.C. Rolt (Sutton Publishing)
The Runaway Train, Armagh 1889. Currie J R L. (David & Charles, 1971)
78 fatalities, including 22 schoolchildren