13 - On the Newcastle & Carlisle Railway – the mysterious disappearance of a carriage
Description‘Family Annals by Road and Rail, By Flood and Field’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson Of Darlington c.1890 ‘In the olden days when Posting was merging into the Railway system a very remarkable accident was witnessed by my father & his sister. Whilst travelling on the line between Carlisle & Newcastle they were in their own carriage on a truck & so had a good view in front of them & were running down a slight incline near Chollerford when they suddenly saw one of the carriages forming the train leap right off the line & settle down just clear of the train, although one carriage slightly grazed it in passing the passengers who did not seem alarmed or aware of what had happened were all seen sitting composedly in the wandering vehicle but what always struck me as the strangest part of the affair was that no one appeared to realize what had happened or to know anything about it but my father always said that it occurred in the infancy of the Railway system when strange things were prone to take place. This story has been told me frequently both by my father & his sister otherwise I should have imagined one of them had dreamt it’.
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