Please select a lightbox

Edinburgh Waverley, Falkirk High station, John Tennant, Ayrshire, windows

Image ID:

Polmont train accident: On Monday, 30 July 1984 a westbound express train, the 17:30 service from Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street. After passing the junction for Stirling the train driver, John Tennant, spotted a cow on the line in the cutting on the approach to Falkirk High station and applied the emergency brakes. The train failed to stop in time hitting the adult Ayrshire cow. The impact caused the whole train to derail. Casualties were mainly in the two leading carriages, and most fatalities were due to passengers being ejected through windows or hit by other passengers or objects as the carriages were thrown about, 13 passengers were killed and 61 injured. Our Picture Shows: The police lay out some of the casualties for the accident and start the process of identifying the dead.

More Information
Color Black & White
Keywords 1980s,20th Century,Accidents,Blankets,Bodies,Carriages,Casualties,Police,Railway,Transport
Credit Mirrorpix / GIW Photos
Year 1984
Model Released No
Property Released No

This photo license is intended for editorial use only. Single Use in context. For all advertising and other non-editorial uses contact the GIW office for further information.

If located in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Eire, kindly contact Mirrorpix directly at

License Type: Rights Managed

Image ID:
Copyright © 2018 Global Image Works, LLC. All rights reserved.