The National Traction Engine Trust

Beamish Museum – Inquest into the death of Karl Doran


In July 2012 Karl Doran was tragically killed when he fell from the tow bar he was sitting on which was attached to a living van being pulled by the Wallis & Steevens Steam Road Roller being driven by Karl’s father.


On 2nd December 2013 the Durham coroner Andrew Tweddle recorded a verdict of accidental death saying; “This is a very simple case but an incredibly tragic one at the same time”.


Following the accident the HSE asked the NTET to provide details of its Engine Owners Code of Practice and for comment on the driving of traction engines in public places particularly when towing trailers and carrying passengers.  The NTET replied formally to the request but neither was it asked and nor did it comment on this tragic accident.


An improvement order requiring risk assessments to be carried out on the use of traction engines has been served on Beamish Museum by the HSE who also advise that their enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the accident are still ongoing.


Again the NTET extends its condolences and sends it deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Karl.

03 Dec 2013