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Castlecary Disaster


1937

Britain's worst rail disaster in snow. A commuter express train from Waverley Station in Edinburgh to Queen Street Station in Glasgow ploughed into the rear of a late-running train from Dundee to Glasgow in white-out conditions on 10th December 1937. 35 people were killed and 179 injured primarily in the rear four carriages of the Dundee train, which were completely destroyed. Blame was difficult to assign; the snow had blocked points and ice may have frozen a signal in the 'clear' position, the express train was probably being driven too fast for the weather conditions, while the Dundee driver and the signalmen both made errors.


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