Historic footage of 1946 Lichfield train crash released

An historic news report about a 1946 rail crash in Lichfield has been made available on YouTube.

The footage is one of 85,000 historic films uploaded by British Pathe.

The crash at Lichfield Trent Valley on New Year’s Day 1946 killed 20 people.

A fish train travelling from Fleetwood to London collided with a passenger service travelling between Stafford and Nuneaton.

A points failure was blamed for the crash, with the official report recommending that changes were made across the network to prevent any similar accidents elsewhere.

Other videos documenting Lichfield’s past include a 1965 story about affordable pre-fabricated housing being built in the city…

…and a 1937 story about the new Bishop of Lichfield:

(With thanks to @NigelAdie for the tip)

Founder of LichfieldLive and editor of the site.


  1. Cllr Steve Norman

    18th April, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Well done Lichfield Live. I was unaware of the train crash – but recognise the houses.

  2. BrownhillsBob

    18th April, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Gilbert Road. Also some on Trent Valley Road. Hundreds of thousands built across the country.

  3. Nigel Peet

    18th April, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I spotted Trent Valley Pumping Station but whats the large building to the left ? Maltings perhaps ?
    Also looks like the Cappers lane T junction with Ryknield St.

  4. Foxy

    19th April, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Yup.. i live in one of those houses.

  5. Cllr Steve Norman

    20th April, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Double “Well Done!” to Lichfield Live. BBC Radio4 News only reported this release of the archives only yesterday – 48 hours after Ross!

  6. Kate Gomez

    20th April, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Nigel, I think it’s the Trent Valley brewery – there’s a drawing of it plus a fantastic description in this volume of Alfred Barnard’s epic work on breweries http://www.askaboutireland.ie/aai-files/assets/ebooks/204-207_The-Noted-Breweries-of-Great-Britain-and-Ireland/205_The-Noted-Breweries-of-Great-Britain-and-Ireland-4.pdf. If you are interested in breweries, it also has great drawings & a description of the former City Brewery on the Birmingham Rd (the malthouse of which is currently being converted into apartments).