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Moorgate: Anatomy of a Railway Disaster Hardcover – 24 Mar 1988
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When a quiet, experienced conscientious motorman on the London Underground railway system drove his crowded commuter train into a dead-end tunnel at 40mph on February 28, 1975, rescue workers were faced with a situation which was described succinctly by a senior police officer: 'Never, in our wildest imagination, had we imagined anything like this'. But police, fire and ambulance workers were all professionals, their training, experience and preparation, coupled with their flexibility and amazing inter-service co-operation adapted to the series of crises which faced them during the five full days of the inferno which ensued between their call to Moorgate and the final 'stop' message. The experts from the emergency services continued to discuss Moorgate, using its lessons to improve procedures in accidents as far apart as London, Tokyo, and Mexico City. New equipment, even some of the planning for safety in the (at the time) proposed Channel Tunnel, all emerged as a result of Moorgate. In this study of the disaster, the author talked to emergency workers, firemen, police and ambulance staff, as well as doctors, scientists and railway engineers in an attempt to piece together a full picture of the amazing co-operation between 'the professions' who worked underground during the five gruesome days of the rescue work.
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The title "Anatomy of a Railway Disaster" just about sums it up. It is the story as seen from various members of the emergency services and is a compulsive read. Holloway has recounted the sequence of events from each perspective superbly, and the skill of the writing lets you picture exactly what happened over the five days following the accident. There is no gratuitous description of death and destruction, just a vivid picture painted of the stresses, highs and lows experienced by those involved in rescue and recovery. The one part that sticks in my mind is the account of the moment it was decided to do a final call to try and get a response from any survivors. Having been on Platform 10 on more than one occasion myself over the past few years, I could see in my mind the group of policemen, firemen and medics standing in complete silence in the soot-blackened station as the call was made; could sense the tension as they waited for an answer; and the despair when no calls came back and the doctors in charge recorded that moment as the date and time of death of those still in the carriages.
As I said earlier, this book cost money and you still won't find it cheap, but if the subject interests you you will not have wasted a penny.
This is a must read for anyone wanting to know how the Fire service tackled this awful disaster.
Well informed, well balanced and informative without being ghoulish or sensational.
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