"DREADFUL CRASH ON PORT TALBOT RAILWAY. - On Monday a dreadful accident, attended with loss of life, took place on this range. Due to the fact "Redruth" engine was proceeding with a lengthy train of coal and metal to Port Talbot, whenever opposing Velindre, near Aberavon, the rails, which had become loose, sprang up, in result of the extra weight associated with engine pushing on a single end. This had the consequence of diverting the engine from primary line, and causing it to run over a precipice twelve-feet deep. The engineer therefore the stoker had a most providential escape; the former, with great presence of brain, hopped along the precipice, and within various ins of him fell the motor with a significant crash. The stoker hopped off on the reverse side; but a 3rd person, who was permitted to ride using the professional, fell using the motor, and underneath the fire plate. The vapor straight away escaped, in addition to poor fellow was in some parts completely boiled. Ten full minutes elapsed prior to the events which afforded help could extricate the victim from his terrible position. He was held on Rising sunlight community residence, in which every attention had been compensated him, but he died within two hours. The name of this dead was William Garrett, a rollerman. He will leave a widow and thirteen children to lament their untimely end. There were no less than twenty-five guys driving on the trams during the accident, and there were numerous hair-breadth escapes."
The line where this accident occurred wasn't, of course, the Port Talbot Railway which Arthur Rees described in Newsletter 42 (July 1986). That came a great deal later than this incident. It was instead the line more often known as the Cwmavon Railway, that has been built in about 1840 to transport metal, copper and tinplate from Cwmavon works to Port Talbot. It replaced the earlier Cwmavon Tramroad of 1824 which adopted a somewhat different positioning along the course of Cwmavon path