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Lewisham - 50 years on

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Next Tuesday (4/12/07) will mark the 50th anniversary of the Lewisham train crash in which 90 people lost their lives and more than 200 were seriously injured. It has been announced that a memorial service will be held at St. Johns Church, St. Johns Vale London SE8 4EA on Sunday 2/12/07 at 3pm. The church is apparently very near the scene of the accident.

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QUOTE (Don @ 28 Nov 2007, 17:54) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Remarkably, Spitfire suffered relatively little damage and was soon back in service.

If I remember correctly it was Spitfire's derailed tender that caused the bridge pier to collapse onto the leading coach of the train. It has always struck me as miraculous that the motorman of the electric approaching the overbridge managed to stop in time.

QUOTE (John Webb @ 28 Nov 2007, 20:04) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I can't imagine Network Rail moving so fast these days should something similar happen!

Unfortunately I suspect all to true. Partly because the system no longer seems to own its own specialist plant - everything needs to be hired in.

QUOTE (60134 @ 29 Nov 2007, 19:19) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I guess it was lucky he didn't miss his train or yours truly might not be on this forum!

Quirk indeed and then we wouldn't get the Tornado updates.

QUOTE (dbclass50 @ 30 Nov 2007, 08:43) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>If you are going some pictures would be good to see

Or failing that a link to the local news.

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