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Train crash exhibition under way
An exhibition to mark the 130th anniversary of one of Oxfordshire's worst ever rail disasters has opened.

The Shipton-on-Cherwell derailment on Christmas Eve, 1874, left more than 30 passengers dead and 70 injured.

The doors have opened on the exhibition at the county council's records office, which features documents, photographs and eyewitness accounts.

Locals have contributed to the show after an appeal for loans made by archivists in the summer.

The testimonies of the people who took part in the coroner's inquest...make emotional and stunning reading
Archivist Chris Gilliam

A framed sketch of the accident, thought to be from a local newspaper, and a piece of molten metal believed to be from one of the carriages will also be exhibited.

Chris Gilliam, archivist at the Oxfordshire County Council Record Office, said: "The display looks at the accident and the aftermath using original sources and focuses on the personal element of the tragedy.

"The testimonies of the people who took part in the coroner's inquest, for instance, make emotional and stunning reading."

The exhibition runs for the rest of this week, until Christmas Eve, and then again between 4 January and 26 February.

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