'Scene of the railway accident at Chester...', Cheshire, 24 May 1847.
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'Scene of the railway accident at Chester - the Dee Viaduct'. Engraving from the 'Illustrated London News' (1847) after an original drawing by A W Hunt of Liverpool. The Dee Viaduct was in the Vale Follangollen on the Shrewsbury & Chester Railway. On Monday 24 May 1847 three sections of the then new iron bridge gave way under the weight of the 18.30 train from Chester, which crashed into the River Dee below. Nine people were killed, including the stoker of the engine, and several others seriously injured in the accident. The train consisted of one first clas carriage, two second clas carriages and a luggage van - no more than 24 pasengers were said to have been aboard.