Ilford rail crash (1915)

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Ilford rail crash
Date 1 January 1915
Time 08:40
Location Ilford railway station
Coordinates 51°33′32″N 0°04′07″E / 51.5588°N 0.0685°E / 51.5588; 0.0685Coordinates: 51°33′32″N 0°04′07″E / 51.5588°N 0.0685°E / 51.5588; 0.0685
Country England
Rail line Great Eastern Main Line
Operator Great Eastern Railway
Cause Signal passed at danger
Trains 2
Deaths 10
Injuries 500 complained of injury
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The Ilford rail crash occurred on 1 January 1915 at Ilford railway station on the Great Eastern Main Line in what was then Essex (though now part of the London Borough of Redbridge).

On New Year's Day 1915, the crew of the 07:06 Clacton to London Liverpool Street express failed to see that the distant and home signals at Ilford East signal box were at danger.[1] The signalman tried to attract their attention by shouting and waving a red flag from the signalbox, but to no avail, and the express collided violently with the 18-carriage 08:20 local train from Gidea Park to Liverpool Street. It completely destroyed the 8th coach and damaged 5 others; 10 passengers were killed and over 500 complained of injuries. The official report[2] noted that the accident would have been much less likely if some form of Automatic Warning System had been in use, and recommended its introduction.

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  1. ^ Rolt, L.T.C.; Kichenside, Geoffrey (1982) [1955]. Red for Danger (4th ed.). Newton Abbot: David & Charles. pp. 240–241. ISBN 0-7153-8362-0. 
  2. ^ Lt Col P.G. von Donop (1915). Board of Trade Report. HMSO.