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Filename: EAW047081.jpg

Size: 4261 x 3420 (9.0MB)

Date: 20th October 2017

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: images.historicenglandservices.org.uk

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Rail Crash EAW047081

The aftermath of the Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash, Wealdstone. A locomotive lies on its side and mangled carriages are strewn about. The recovery operation is beginning with a crane onsite and crowds of onlookers. Photographed by Aerofilms Ltd on 8th October 1952

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This print from Historic England Archive takes us back to a fateful day in history - the aftermath of the Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash. The image, captured on 8th October 1952 by Aerofilms Ltd, offers a bird's-eye view of the devastating scene that unfolded in Wealdstone. In this hauntingly powerful photograph, we witness the sheer destruction caused by the tragic accident. A locomotive lies helplessly on its side, its once-mighty presence now reduced to a twisted metal carcass. Mangled carriages are scattered haphazardly around it, bearing witness to the immense force that tore through their fragile frames. As recovery operations commence, a crane stands tall amidst the wreckage, ready to lift and salvage what remains of these shattered vehicles. Onlookers gather nearby, their faces etched with shock and disbelief at the magnitude of this disaster. Their presence serves as a reminder of how such calamities can captivate communities and unite them in shared grief. This photograph not only freezes an unforgettable moment in time but also serves as a poignant testament to human vulnerability when confronted with tragedy. It reminds us of our collective duty to prioritize safety and ensure that such catastrophic events become increasingly rare occurrences within our modern transportation systems. Through this remarkable aerial perspective captured by Historic England Archive's lens, we are transported back over six decades ago into an era where devastation met resilience head-on – forever leaving an indelible mark on both local history and national

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