One-hundred-and-seventeen years ago, on July 27, 1903, tragedy struck at St Enoch Station.

The station, having recently been rebuilt and extended, an inexperienced driver, Henry Northcote, was directed to one of the new, shorter platforms and, not realising the buffers were well short of the station canopy, was still doing 20mph when he realised his error.

Despite applying the brakes, he was too late, and the train, the 6.50am special, carrying many Glasgow Fair passengers home from Ardrossan and the islands, hit the buffers with a mighty crash, telescoping two of the wooden carriages.

Sixteen people were killed and 64 injured. This was the worst buffer stop collision on British main line railways.

The dead ranged in age from four to 42.
They were: William Hunter, 40
Marion James, 42
Robert James, 35
George Edward Darroch, 35
Janet Ewart,34
Mary Duff, 27
Alexander Nutt, [no age]
John L Wilson, [no age]
Hannah Paterson, 24
Charles Wilson, 38
Mary Wilson, 39
Mary Wilson, 7
Charles Wilson, 4
Henrietta Henderson, 26

Then, as now, newspapers love a good disaster, as evidenced by this illustration from the London Illustrated News.