January 1, 1970

Accident during construction of Crowle Railway Swing Bridge

By Angus Townley


Description from the Goole Times

An accident which will seriously delay the completion of the large swing bridge for the Isle of Axholme Railway that is to span the Keadby Canal at Crowle Wharf, occurred on Friday afternoon. A large steam crane, fixed close to the parapet of the bridge was being used to place sections of the steel work in position, when it overbalanced whilst hauling one of the main girders weighing about four tons. With the engine and girder it fell crashing over the side of the bridge into the Soak dyke below. The dyke is both wide and deep and the engine fell head foremost, being nearly submerged, both being damaged. It is expected that a new girder will have to be manufactured and the delay in completing the bridge will be cosiderable. The brickwork was also torn away but luckily no one was injured.

Quoted from
THE AXHOLME JOINT RAILWAY, JUDGE C W, published by The Oakwood Press, 1994. ISBN 0 85361 441 5

Sheffield Daily Telegraph Saturday 15 October 1904

Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Saturday 15 October 1904