On this day: a Rail Disaster in London

 

The scene looking south over the aftermath of the Harrow and Wealdstone train crash on 8 October 1952. The United Kingdom's worst peacetime rail disaster.

The United Kingdom’s worst peacetime rail disaster occurred at London’s Harrow and Wealdstone station on the 8th of October, 1952.

The scene looking south over the aftermath of the Harrow and Wealdstone train crash on 8 October 1952.Rescue workers around wrecked coaches after the Harrow and Wealdstone train crash on

112 people were killed when the City of Glasgow – an express train from Perth, Scotland – crashed into the back of a local passenger train at rush hour. The wreckage covered other rail lines, resulting in a third train – another express – to crash.

The scene looking south over the aftermath of the Harrow and Wealdstone train crash on 8 October 1952. The badly damaged locomotive of the Perth express train No. 46242 Coronation Class

The wrecked City of Glasgow.

In addition to over a hundred deaths, 340 other people were injured, with 88 transported to hospital for treatment.

The overturned second Liverpool locomotive No. 46202 and wrecked coaches after the Harrow and Wealdstone train crash on 8 October 1952.

An investigation found that the driver of the Perth train missed three signals before crashing, but as those involved were killed, the reason for this was never discovered.

On this day…

Newlay & Horsforth station in West Yorkshire photographed on the 26th of June, 1964. The line was later electrified, but this station closed the year after the pictures were taken.

Newlay & Horsforth stat View westward, towards Shipley, Bradford, Skipton etc. The line has since been electrified, but Newlay & Horsforth station was closed on 22-3-65. 26th June 1964

EPSON scanner image

On this day…

Wakefield Kirkgate railway station in West Yorkshire, England, photographed on the 29th of July, 1966.

Much of the original Victorian structure was removed in the 1970s, before it could be listed as a building of Historic Interest.

EPSON scanner image

On this day: the St-Hilaire train disaster

453px-beloeil_bridge_train_accident_1864on-the-29th-of-june-1864-a-train-in-quebec-canada-fell-through-an-open-swing-bridge-and-into-the-richelieu-river

On the 29th of June, 1864, a train in Quebec, Canada fell through an open swing bridge and into the Richelieu River.

The worst train disaster in Canadian history, it is thought ninety-nine people died in the crash. The majority of people on board were European immigrants.

The investigation placed the blame for the disaster on Grand Trunk Railway, as the train failed to acknowledge stop signals that would have prevented it from falling through the bridge.

On this day: the opening of the London and North Western Railway Station

The London and North Western Railway station in Birmingham, England was formally opened on the 1st of June, 1854.

It is seen below in an image thought to be from around 1885.

X

victorian_new_streetthe-london-and-north-western-railway-birmingham-cicra-1885