Children to unveil panel remembering railway crash

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A little-known train crash that claimed the lives of 24 people in South Yorkshireis to be commemorated on its 129th anniversary.

The crash happened at Bullhouse Bridge, near Penistone, on July 16, 1884, on the Woodhead line between Manchester and Sheffield, on what is now the Trans Pennine Trail.

Kate Dobson, from the trail conservation volunteers, said: “It was a major event and, although the Sheffield Independent newspaper described Bullhouse Bridge at the time as a place which would be ‘ever memorable’, few people now realise anything out of the ordinary took place there.

“When we stumbled across it we realised it was a fascinating story; sad yes, but full of incident, humour, and local interest.

“We wanted to restore an important piece of history; inform people passing by on the trail, and create a memorial to those who lost their lives.

“We particularly wanted children to be there, as they were there on that fateful day.”

Children and staff from nearby Millhouse Green Primary School will unveil a panel about the crash.

Some 24 people were killed when an axle snapped on the engine of the express passenger train, causing it to derail and plunge down an embankment.