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Details of the Accident

Place Potters Bar
Date 10th February 1946, 10.08 p.m.
Railway Company London & North Western Railway
No. of Fatalities 2
Cause of Accident Derailment
Description A local up train, the 9:32 p.m. Hatfield - Kings Cross overran the signal. The signalman diverted it onto the main line to avoid it hitting the buffers, but acted too late and de-railed the engine. This was struck by the 09:45 p.m. Kings Cross to Edinburgh express. The wreckage was then struck by the 5 p.m. Bradford Exchange service.

Sources/Further Reading

  • BackTrack, volume 3, number 2
  • Steam World magazine, April 1996
  • The Other Side of the track, Steve Vessey, 1986, Seas End Enterprise (ISBN 1 870283 03 1)

List of Fatalities

The 2 fatalities are listed in the table below together with brief notes of any other information found so far.

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
UNKNOWN Soldier ,
UNKNOWN Soldier ,