Event    From 5/10/1999  To 5/10/1999

Ladbroke Grove rail disaster / Paddington rail crash

Categories: Tragedy, Transport

Also referred to as the Paddington rail crash. At 8.06am, a Thames train bound for Bedwyn in Wiltshire left Paddington station. Two minutes later, as it sped along at 41mph, it went through a signal with the driver failing to see that it was on red. At the same time, a First Great Western train from Cheltenham was heading towards Paddington at nearly100mph. Spotting the imminent crash, the control centre in Slough switched a signal to red, but the high speed train passed through it. Both drivers applied their brakes too late, At 8.10am, the trains collided at a combined speed of 135 mph; the Thames train was sliced in half and both engines burst into flames. 29 passengers and the two drivers were killed, and more than 500 were injured.

The Cullen Report of 2001 blamed Railtrack for the signalling failures, and the company was eventually fined £2 million, which was paid out of taxpayers' money.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

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Ladbroke Grove rail disaster / Paddington rail crash

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Ladbroke Grove rail disaster - monument

{On the front face of the memorial:} Dedicated to the memory of the 31 people...

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Ladbroke Grove rail disaster - plaques

The plaques are located on a wall overlooking the site of the disaster. Unfor...

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Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

A prominent church member of his local church in Lexden, Colchester, killed in the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster, aged 52. Andrew Behan has kindly carried out further research: Andrew William Thomp...

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1 memorial
Adrian Johnson

Adrian Johnson

Adrian Johnson was born 9 May 1968, his birth being registered in the Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, registration district. He grew up in Skegby, Nottinghamshire and was married with two children. He ...

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3 memorials
James William Windebank

James William Windebank

Passenger killed in the Handley Page V/1500 aircrash.

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1 memorial
John Jefferies

John Jefferies

One of two killed by the Docklands IRA bomb. They were both workers in the newsagent’s directly opposite the bomb. Our colleague Andrew Behan has researched this man and found the photo: John Alan...

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1 memorial