This series consists of various reports, returns, and other papers, nearly all printed, from the Board of Trade Railway Department and from its successor in the Ministry of Transport. These documents were formerly in several MT series.
RAIL 1053 includes a clear run of UK railway accident reports from 1853 to 1975, from major train crashes down to rail workers’ minor injuries (RAIL 1053/51-161). The reports were prepared by the Board of Trade and presented to Parliament. Many include witness statements from passengers and railway workers. These records comprise railway accident reports from Inspecting Officers (A), Assistant Inspecting Officers (B), and Sub-Inspecting Officers (C) and each piece is divided into four sections each covering three months, with Appendices A, B and C. The 'A' reports tend to be the major train crashes, while the 'B' and 'C' reports are minor crashes and accidents to individuals.
Images of these records can be searched online through the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers website.