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Anatomy of a Rail Disaster


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Public safety for rail travel is of the utmost importance. What went wrong in Lewisham in December 1957 when so many lives were lost and others seriously injured ?

Date and Time

06 February 2018 - 10:00-12:00


Bromley, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Joint Event.

About this event

The 4th December 2017 saw the 60th anniversary of the Lewisham rail disaster. In dense fog in the evening rush hour of 4th December 1957 when there was major disruption to the timetable a Kent Coast passenger steam train from London Cannon Street to Ramsgate ran into the back of a stationary local electric commuter train from Charing Cross to Hayes causing some 90 fatalities and over 100 seriously injured and detained in hospital

The speaker (the IET Kent Treasurer) will look at the combination of circumstances which led to this tragedy and what has been done since to minimise the possibility of similar accidents


10.00 to 10.30am Refreshments
10.30 to 12.00noon Lecture followed by Q&A session
12.00noon Event close

Reasons to attend

To hear about the causes of the 1957 Lewisham rail disaster and the steps taken since to avoid similar accidents

Registration information

Registration is NOT required to attend this event

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