Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 31 March 1900
About half-past two o’clock yesterday morning a serious accident occurred on the Great Central Railway at Smithies, near Barnsley, an express goods train being wrecked, and the driver and fireman being injured. The train was from East Ardsley to Annesley, the junction with the new main line to London. The train was travelling express, and just below the footbridge at Smithies the engine left the line, and many waggons mounted the engine, forming a confused mass of wreckage to the height of about 25 yards, and completely blocking all lines. The driver, Richard Shenton, and the fireman, Bernard Outram of Stavely, were buried for about an hour, and when recovered were badly injured, and were taken to Beckett Hospital. Outram is badly scalded all over the body. Passenger traffic from Wakefield was seriously delayed.