Willenhall History Society

lnwr rail crash 1899Transport

On October 19th 1899 the 5.50.am. train from Wolverhampton to London collided with a freight train at Portobello Junction in thick fog, cutting the freight train in half, causing much damage to the track and resulting in the death of the driver and fireman of the passsenger train.

Goods were scattered all over the embankment and the line was closed to traffic for several days.There were 25 passengers on the London bound train but fortunately non were injured.