Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

There are grand monuments all around; Monuments to battles, heroes, etc..

I choose a monument to the victims of a tragic event that involved ordinary people on an ordinary day when they were off to do their day’s work…

Disaster Memorial_2048

On 8th October 1952 in the second worst disaster to occur on the UK railway network, the 7:31 Tring-Euston commuter service standing in the up fast platform with 800 passengers aboard was struck in the rear by the late running Perth-Euston sleeper running at between 55 and 60mph which had passed a colour-light distant signal and two semaphore signals at danger in patchy fog. Although the area signals were immediately returned to danger by the signalman at Harrow it was too late to prevent the 8am Euston-Liverpool express from colliding with the wreckage of the initial accident at around 60mph resulting in many additional casualties. The reason for the Perth express passing the signals was never established as the driver was amongst those who perished.

This weekly photo challenge can be found at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/monument/ .

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9 Comments

    1. Yes it is Colline – most railway accidents are quickly forgotten except by those involved but the Harrow and Wealdstone crash seems to be etched in the nation’s collective memory at least until people of my generation pass on anyway.

    1. Thanks Tina. The Harrow & Wealdstone disaster resulted in a major push to introduce the Automatic Warning System throughout the British Railways network, so some good came of it.

  1. Moving photo and post; I’d never heard of this disaster (though it was before my time) but I must have walked past the plaque many times. Thank you for following my blog; I’m enjoying yours very much πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you too Su πŸ™‚ Yes, before my time too though you’ll have guessed I’m a transport enthusiast and research into history is part of the hobby! I’ll be back to read more of what you have to say πŸ˜‰

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