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A London Underground train has crashed at Moorgate, killing the driver and at least 29 passengers and injuring more than 70 in the worst-ever Tube disaster.
British Rail began its new 125mph High Speed Train (HST) service today. The first London-Bristol service arrived three minutes early. The Inter-City 125 has been introduced to provide a regularhigh speed service between Cardiff, Bristol and London. British Rail will extend the HST service to other major cities over the next two years. Powered by two diesel motors the Inter-City 125 has recorded a top speed of over 140mph in trial runs, making it the fastest diesel-powered train in the world.
Railway Company: British Rail
Sydney,Australia: The Granville train crash on January 18, 1977, claimed 83 lives and injured 213 others.
The final members of Class 52 diesel hydraulic locomotives (Westerns) ran on BR bringing to an end the independence of the Western Region and the GWR and the end of Swindon rule.
Railway Company: Great Western
Railway Works: Swindon
Eleven people were killed and seventeen injured in a blaze on the Penzance-to-Paddington sleeper train. Early reports suggest that the fire was started by a discarded cigarette or an electrical fault near one of the top bunks in a second-class compartment. An attendant pulled the emergency cord on the 2130 from Penzance and the train stopped, half a mile from its nextscheduled halt at Taunton, Somerset at 0248 BST (0148 GMT).
Railway Company: British Railways