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Harrow & Wealdstone 1952
The two locomotives shown are 4-6-0 No 45637 Windward Isles and 4-6-2 No 46202 Princess Anne. They were double-heading a fifteen coach train, the Euston - Liverpool and Manchester express as they approached Harrow & Wealdstone station at about 60 mph. This was just as the up Perth sleeper, having failed to observe stop-signals crashed into the rear of a local train. The sleeper's locomotive left the rails and travelled onto the down line where it was met, head-on by No 45637 piloting the down train. Such was the force of the collision that both of the locomotives of the down train crossed the island platform to end up on the up electric line. 112 people died and over 150 were injured.
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