Oct 8 2012 By David Baker
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SURVIVORS of the country's biggest peacetime rail crash were among those at a remembrance service at Harrow and Wealdstone Rail Station this morning, where a three train crash killed 112 people 60 years ago.
More than 100 people gathered at the now unused platform of the station where the anniversary of the crash was marked at 8.19am, the time of the crash, with a minutes silence.
The names of those killed in the disaster were also read out before a prayer and blessing were led by religious leaders in the borough.
Following the memorial service, which also saw a host of wreaths placed on the platform, a number of people there on the day relived their accounts of the day.
Pupils from Hatch End High School also acted out the roles of some of those involved in the crash.
The crash occurred on October 8, 1952, when an express train from Perth, Scotland crashed at speed into the rear of a local passenger train that had stopped at the station.
Within a few seconds of the collision an express train, travelling at speed in the other direction, crashed into the debris killing 112 people and injuring 340 more.