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Abermule Rail Disaster

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On the 26th January 1921 a rail disaster in Abermule claimed the life of 17 people and injured 36. Two trains collided at a combined speed of 60mph on a stretch of railway that was only designed for one train to travel at a time using an electric tablet system. The investigation revealed a number of poor practices and would hasten the demise of the Cambrian Railway which was absorbed into the Great Western Railway a year later.

100 years on, the disaster remains the worst single track accident in British railway history and would hasten the demise of the Cambrian Railway which was absorbed into the Great Western Railway a year later.

The 17 dead were named as;

The death of the railway's director, Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest, had significant consequences for his second cousin, Winston Churchill, who inherited a share of Antrim Estate and allowed him to purchase Chartwell and pursue his political ambitions which culminated in him leading the country as Prime Minister during World War Two.

Map of the route

On the 100th anniversary of the disaster a plaque was erected to commemerate those who died.

Commemerative plaque
Commemerative plaque at the old Abermule station

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