Three goods trains crashed in dense fog at Hitchin, UK, on Nov. 19. Wagons core?
S.C.U. SIGN "HITCHIN STATION"
G.V.PAN THE DISASTER AREA.
L.V. TRAIN ON ITS SIDE.
L.V.PAN FROM TRAIN ON SIDE TO WRECKAGE.
S.V.PAN FROM TRAIN ON SIDE TO WRECKED GOODS WAGGONS.
L.V. UPROOTED SIGNAL GANTRY.
L.T.V. TWO ENGINES ON THEIR SIDES.
S.V. ONE OF THE OTHER TRAINS OFF THE RAILS.
L.V. CANS SPILS OUT ON TO TRACKS.
G.V.PAN SCENE OF THE DISASTER.
Initials S-D. W.S./P.B.
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Background: Three goods trains crashed in dense fog at Hitchin, UK, on Nov. 19. Wagons core shattered, freight spilled over the lines, a signal gantry knocked down and lengths of the line ripped up.
The pile up was caused by one goods train running into the back of another and then a third running into the wreckage.
A light engine on another line was detailed by the third engine jumping the rails and crashing into it.
Trains from London to northern towns were diverted to other lines.
The drivers of the wrecked trains escaped serious injury despite the amount of damage.
By late afternoon break-down gangs had cleared the lines and plate-layers were already at work repairing the permanent way.