Penmaenmawr railway accident

Scope and Content

Glass photographic lantern slide showing the aftermath of the railway disaster that occured at Dwygyfylchi, close to Penmaenbach, on the evening of 12th January 1899. The accident occurred after the sea broke through the sea wall during heavy storms leading to the washing away of the track bed. A goods train travelling from Manchester to Holyhead caused the unsupported tracks to break leading to the engine and several trucks going into the sea, killing both the driver and fireman. The photograph, one of a series of three alongside CP96/5/17 and CP96/5/19, shows the end of the broken sea wall and buckled track looking east towards the headland of Penmaenbach. On the right hand side a truck is tipped to the right, while a number of men wearing bowler hats, possibly investigators, stand at various points along the track. The photograph is possibly the work of W. G. Jones of Llandudno.