Kentish Town rail accident

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Kentish Town rail accident
Date 2 September 1861
Location Kentish Town station
Country England
Rail line Hampstead Junction Railway
Cause Signalling error
Trains 2
Deaths 16
Injuries 317 (20 seriously)
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On 2 September 1861, near Kentish Town station in London, 16 people were killed and 317 injured, when an excursion train operated by the North London Railway collided with a freight train operated by the London and North Western Railway.[1]

The excursion train was running early and had been given permission to proceed; but met the freight train as it crossed the lines at a freight sidings unprotected by signals.[2]


  1. ^ Yolland, Col W. (1861). Board of Trade Report (PDF). HMSO. 
  2. ^ Neele, George P. (1904). Railway Reminiscences. McCorquodale & Co. Ltd. p. 94. 

Coordinates: 51°33′08″N 0°08′49″W / 51.55222°N 0.14694°W / 51.55222; -0.14694