11th June 1972
Route : 1Z71 throughout
|1630||Kentish Town - ??? - Hither Green - Bexley - Dartford - Strood - Rochester - Chatham - Gillingham - Sittingbourne - Faversham - Whitstable - Margate|
|1630||20.05 Margate - (reverse of outward route) - Dartford - Eltham Well Hall (2)|
(1) Train run for employees of the LMR, Cricklewood depot.
(2) Train derailed at speed, taking the 20mph curve at approximately 65mph, killing the driver and five passengers and injuring 126. The class 47 and nine of the ten carriages were derailed. At the enquiry it was revealed that 'the driver was found to have consumed a considerable quantity of alcohol both before and during the journey' and the secondman was not familiar with the route.
Sources : Gary Thornton, Paul
Green & Phil Bell
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