25 years on, survivors remember Clapham rail disaster

A small congregation remembered the Clapham rail crash exactly 25 years after it claimed 35 lives. It was at 8.13am on December 12 1988 that the devastating three-train collision happened close to Clapham Junction station.

The scene near Clapham Junction in December 1988 Credit: Press Association

Today, at that exact same time, survivors observed a two-minute silence at the crash memorial site close to the scene of the accident.

Today's service, 25 years on from the crash Credit: ITV News

One of those attending today was 71-year-old chartered accountant George Gillon, from London. Travelling from Winchester in Hampshire, he had been in the third carriage of the London-bound Bournemouth train that was in the accident.

Standing by the memorial stone high above the railway line, Mr Gillon said:

I was one of the lucky ones. A number of my friends on that train were killed.

The accident left 35 people dead and 113 injured Credit: Press Association

Others at the memorial service included those who lost loved ones in the disaster.

Linda Ship and her sister Diana O'Carroll travelled from Hampshire to remember their father Arthur Creek who was killed on the Bournemouth train.

Dad was a train driver and was in the train cab travelling to work as he knew the driver.

– Linda Ship

The two-minute silence observed by those remembering today was in stark contrast to the trains roaring past.

One of the wreaths laid at the foot of the memorial stone was from Network Rail, the body which took over responsibility for rail infrastructure in 2001.

Flowers at the memorial Credit: ITV News