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TITLE
Carrbridge rail disaster
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_1999_116_193
PLACENAME
Carrbridge
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus
DATE OF IMAGE
1914
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
11263
KEYWORDS
railways
bridges
disasters
Carrbridge
Aviemore
Carrbridge rail disaster

On 18th June 1914 a bridge over the Baddengorm Burn near Carrbridge collapsed, causing part of a passenger train to fall into the burn. Five people were drowned.

The official report into the disaster, dated 10th July 1914, outlined the circumstances that led to the accident. "In this case, as the 11.50 a.m. Passenger train from Perth to Inverness was crossing the bridge carrying the railway over the Baddengorm Burn, the bridge collapsed and fell, carrying with it the fourth vehicle of the train. The burn was in very high flood at the time. Five passengers were drowned, and ten have complained of shock or injury."

The report noted that the bridge over the burn, built in 1893, was "of a very solid construction", and that "the collapse of the bridge was due to no want of attention or care on the part of those responsible for its maintenance."

Instead, the report concluded that the accident was caused by an unusually heavy rainstorm, which swelled the burn and caused the bridge to be swept away. Robert MacKinnon, whose farm bordered the Baddengorm Burn testified in the official report that, "In his experience of 35 years he had never known anything like it, and he described how the flood appeared to come down in a wave 18 inches deep, which spread over his grounds, washing off the soil for nearly an acre."


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Carrbridge rail disaster

INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus

1910s

railways; bridges; disasters; Carrbridge; Aviemore

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

Joseph Cook Collection

On 18th June 1914 a bridge over the Baddengorm Burn near Carrbridge collapsed, causing part of a passenger train to fall into the burn. Five people were drowned. <br /> <br /> The official report into the disaster, dated 10th July 1914, outlined the circumstances that led to the accident. "In this case, as the 11.50 a.m. Passenger train from Perth to Inverness was crossing the bridge carrying the railway over the Baddengorm Burn, the bridge collapsed and fell, carrying with it the fourth vehicle of the train. The burn was in very high flood at the time. Five passengers were drowned, and ten have complained of shock or injury."<br /> <br /> The report noted that the bridge over the burn, built in 1893, was "of a very solid construction", and that "the collapse of the bridge was due to no want of attention or care on the part of those responsible for its maintenance." <br /> <br /> Instead, the report concluded that the accident was caused by an unusually heavy rainstorm, which swelled the burn and caused the bridge to be swept away. Robert MacKinnon, whose farm bordered the Baddengorm Burn testified in the official report that, "In his experience of 35 years he had never known anything like it, and he described how the flood appeared to come down in a wave 18 inches deep, which spread over his grounds, washing off the soil for nearly an acre." <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.