A train crash occurred in Blantyre on Monday 21st December 1914, exactly 106 years ago today.
That Monday evening an alarming collision between a passenger train and a mineral train took place between Blantyre and Newton on the Caledonian Railway. The track was which was blocked was cleared on the Tuesday morning and services resumed that next day.
The Glasgow Central passenger train left Central Station at 7.10pm, bound for Lesmahagow. The mineral train was further up the line heading in the same direction, but going much slower.
In the darkness of the evening, the passenger train ran up the back of the mineral train around half a mile from Blantyre near Calderglen. Three people were injured.
The goods train had mostly empty trucks but some of the waggons were completely derailed blocking the line in both directions.
The brake van at the back of the goods train suffered the brunt of the collision. It was lifted from its wheels and smashed to pieces. The brakesman (or guard) a Mr Robertson of Glasgow was somewhat badly injured. His left shoulder was dislocated, and he received a flesh wound on the arm and a slight scalp wound and numerous bruises.
The engine driver and fireman of the passenger train, James McIntosh and Walter Coulter both Hamilton men escaped with slight injuries. Though there were a considerable number of passengers in the front carriage, none of them fortunately were injured.
First aid was given to the brakesman by a lady passenger as they all alighted a little in shock. That evening, the passengers walked along the rest of the Blantyre line from Calderglen to Blantyre Station. A relief train later took them onwards to Hamilton and Motherwell.
A locomotive is pictured at Blantyre Station in 1949.