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Document Summary

The report into the collision at Watford South between a passenger train and an empty stock working.

This document was published in 1998 by Health and Safety Executive.

It was written by Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate.


This item is linked to the Accident at Watford on 8th August 1996


The original document format was Bound Booklet, and comprised 102 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from Ian Brightmore and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 10th September 2005.

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"The circumstances of the accident were that at 1724 on Thursday 8 August 1996, a collision occurred between two trains approximately 700 m (765 yds) south of Watford Junction station on the West Coast Main Line (WCML). A northbound passenger train that had left London Euston station at 1704 and was travelling along the Down Slow line was struck by a southbound ECS train that was progressing across the connections linking the Up Slow to the Up Fast lines. The ECS train was traversing the crossover linking the Down Slow with the Up Fast when the collision occurred.

A team from HSE's HM Railway Inspectorate (HMRI) investigated the accident and was satisfied from the evidence obtained from the signalling records and from the data collected by the train borne recorder on the northbound passenger train travelling towards Watford, that the driver failed to react correctly to two signals displaying caution aspects when approaching the red signal that protected the junction at Watford South. When that signal came into his view, his train was travelling at about 110 kmlh (68 milelh) and he made a full brake application. The distance between the point of the brake application and the red signal was insufficient to permit the train to stop at the signal and it eventually came to a stand 203 m (222 yds) beyond the signal, foul of the route set for the ECS train."

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