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Llanidloes district
Disaster at Tylwch,1899 

  Station tragedy
The small community of Tylwch lies in a very attractive valley a few miles south of Llanidloes on the road to Rhayader. It is very close to the border between Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire. Although isolated, the railway station there was a valuable means of transport for for local people and goods and also gave access to mainline routes to the north and south.
This little station was the scene of a tragic accident on 16th September,1899, pictured in the old photograph seen here. A Tylwch station nameboard can be seen lying on the embankment beyond the wrecked carriages.
Photograph by
kind permission of
Cyrus Meredith
Train crash at Tylwch,1899 

A mail train which had just arrived at the station was struck head-on by an excursion train which had left Builth early on Saturday morning, bound for Manchester. A local woman from Pantydwr aged only 24, who had just joined the excursion train at the previous station with her boyfriend, was killed in the crash. Five other people, all from the Llanidloes area, were seriously injured.
A report in the Montgomery Express & Radnor Times suggested that the signals were against the excursion train, but the brakes failed to respond and the engine driver, a Llanidloes man, could not prevent a collision with the mail train. It is not surprising that "the greatest fear prevailed among the passengers".

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