Railway fatalities

Photo:Railway sidings at Loganlea Colliery

Railway sidings at Loganlea Colliery

William Aitchison.

Site of Woodmuir Colliery, by Breich

Local life 100 years ago was appallingly dangerous : Four children killed in accidents around mines and railways in the first nine months of 1889

The Edinburgh mineral guard, named Hugh Thomson, who was severely injured in the Loganlea Colliery siding of the Caledonian Railway, near this place, on Wednesday last week, died in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Monday evening.


Painful and fatal

On Thursday afternoon a painful and fatal railway accident took place at Woodmuir Colliery, about two miles from Loganlea.  A boy named George Paterson, five years of age, son of George Paterson, storekeeper, Woodmuir, was playing beneath a stationary waggon in the end of a lye (a railway siding for coal waggons at a mine) when the colliery locomotive came up with some more waggons, and the unfortunate boy, in attempting to get out of his dangerous position, was caught by a wheel of the waggon above him, and immediately killed. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents and friends. 

The above is the fourth fatal occurrence of the kind in this district during the present year.

West Lothian Courier, 17 August 1889

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