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Harrow rail crash remembrance service held at Harrow and Wealdstone station
A remembrance service for survivors and relatives of those killed in the Harrow rail crash was held this morning.
Today marks the 60th anniversary of the country's worst peacetime rail crash, where three trains, including one filled with 800 commuters travelling to London, crashed at Harrow station on October 8, 1952.
The disaster began after a Euston-bound train, packed with commuters, left Watford at 8.01am.
Passengers joined at Harrow and Wealdstone, meaning there would have been about 800 people on board.
Stuart Alderman, from Grove Mill Lane, wrote an account of the events which led to the death of 112 train passengers, 37 of whom from the Watford area.
He said: "It only took a split second for everything to change. As it stood in the station an overnight train from Perth, which had careered through three red danger stop signals south of Watford, ran into the back of the local train.
"This was a train of 500+ tonnes in weight, at full speed of more than 60 miles per hour.
"Before the carnage could be recognised a main-line train heading north from Euston to Manchester and Liverpool careered into the wreckage.
"This was a train with two locomotives and 15 carriages travelling also at 60+ miles per hour, and weighing more than 700 tonnes.
"If the original carnage was disastrous we now had a scene which could only be described as horrendous. It became England’s worst railway accident and still is."
As well as 112 dead there were more than 200 injured. Those killed, excluding four over the age of 50, were aged between 15 and 22-years-old.
Today, about 150 people gathered on the platform of the station in the High Street to lay wreathes and mark the anniversary of the crash.
The names of the 112 people killed in the disaster were read out during the service and a minute’s silence was held.
Dignitaries from Harrow Council, Harrow West MP Gareth Thomas and Borough Commander Dal Babu paid their respects.
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