PlaceChapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire (1)
Date9 Feb, 1957, 11.21 a.m.
Railway CompanyBritish Rail, London Midland Region
No of Fatalities2
Cause of AccidentBrake failure leading to collision
Brief description of events11.05 a.m. Buxton to Arpley (Warrington) freight train was due to stop at Bibbington summit so that the handbrakes could be applied to a number of wagons to aid the descent (only a few of the wagons had vacuum brakes). The driver was unable to stop because of a fractured steam pipe on the footplate made it impossible for the crew to reach the brake. The fireman jumped down to try and apply some of the handbrakes without success. The driver remained to try and stop the train. The train then collided with the rear of another freight train (08.45 a.m. Rowsley to Edgeley (Stockport)) which was stood at Chapel-en-le-frith station.
Source/Bibliography/Further ReadingBrave Railwaymen, Alan Stanistreet (1988)
High Peak Reporter
London Gazette, 7th May 1957
Steam World magazine, February 1997
AXON; John; 56; Train driver; Stockport; STS; Awarded posthumous George Cross and immortalised in the song 'The Ballad of John Axon'. Wife Gladys, sister Gertie.
CREAMER; John; Train guard