London Fire Brigade: Remembering the 1975 Moorgate tube crash

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26 February 2016

As we celebrate our 150th anniversary we're looking back at some of the most significant and some of the more unusual incidents that have taken place since we were formed in 1866.

The 28 February 2016 marks 41 years since the Moorgate tube crash in 1975, which tragically resulted in 43 people being killed and 74 being injured.

The accident, the worst ever on the London Underground, occurred when a southbound Northern City Line train from Drayton Park failed to stop at the platform and ploughed into the concrete wall at the end of the tunnel at Moorgate station.

When rescuers reached the platform they found the front three carriages had been crushed together and the station in total darkness.

National Archives files(opens in a new window) detail the size of the six day rescue operation, which involved 1,324 firefighters, 240 police officers, 80 ambulance workers, 16 doctors and numerous volunteers.

http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/news/LatestNewsReleases_lfb150-remembering-the-1975-moorgate-tube-crash.asp




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London Marathon world record attempt by Brigade staff
14 April 2016

A London fire engine powered by eight legs will attempt an incredible world record at this year’s London Marathon as part of our 150th celebrations.

On  24 April members of our community safety team; Lee Small, Stevie Clifford-Tucker, Mick Palmer and firefighter Jim Lafferty will be wearing a fire engine costume in an bid to break the world record for the ‘fastest time in a four-person costume’.

http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/news/LatestNewsReleases_London-Marathon-world-record.asp



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