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The Soham rail disaster

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The scene at Soham 3rd June 1944 the morning after a fire which developed on the leading wagon of a heavy ammunition train detonated the high explosive bombs it was carrying as it passed through Soham station. The disaster and resulting explosion would have been worst if it had not been for the bravery of the train crew, whom on discovering the fire detached the wagon from the rest of the train and were drawing it away when the cargo exploded. The fireman of the train and the signalman at Soham signalbox were killed and several other people injured. The driver, Benjamin Gimbert, and fireman, James Nightall, were both awarded the George Cross for preventing further damage which would have occurred if the rest of the train had exploded.

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Color Black & White
Keywords 1940s,20th Century,Accidents,Bombs,Bulldozers,Fires,Home Front,Military,Railway,Transport,War and Conflict,Weapons,World War Two
Credit Mirrorpix / GIW Photos
Year 1944
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