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Details of the Accident

Place Boume End
Date 30th September 1945, 9.03 a.m.
Railway Company London Midland & Scottish Railway
No. of Fatalities 43
Cause of Accident Excessive speed
Description The 8.20 p.m. express passenger train, Perth to London, running under clear signals, traversed the junction crossover from the up fast to the up slow at excessive speed. The engine became derailed and six of the leading seven coaches were piled up in rear of it, destroyed and overturned into a field below the line. Five of the casualties were railway employees, members of the Royal Train dining car staff travelling home. Five of the passengers died later of their injuries.

Sources/Further Reading

  • Official Accident Report (1945)

List of Fatalities

2 of the 43 fatalities that have been identifed so far are listed in the table below together with brief notes on any other information found

The last column shows the General Register Office (England and Wales) or Statutory Register (Scotland) reference where this has been identified.

Surname First Names Age Occupation Residence Notes GRO/SR Reference
JONES Walter 28 Train fireman , 1945/Dec Berkhamsted 3a 1399
SWABY Sidney 55 Train driver , 1945/Dec Berkhamsted 3a 1401