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Red for Danger

The Classic History of British Railway Disasters

By (author) L. T. C. Rolt
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Published: 15th Jun 2009
Dimensions: w 154mm h 235mm d 14mm
Weight: 270g
ISBN-10: 0752451065
ISBN-13: 9780752451060
Barcode No: 9780752451060
Synopsis
Railway disasters are almost always the result of human fallibility - a single mistake by an engine-driver, guard or signalman, or some lack of communication between them - and it is in the short distance between the trivial error and its terrible consequence that the drama of the railway accident lies. First published in 1955, and the result of Rolt's careful investigation and study of the verbatim reports and findings by H. M. Inspectorate of Railways, this book was the first work to record the history of railway disasters, and it remains the classic account. It covers every major accident on British railways between 1840 and 1957 which resulted in a change in railway working practice, and reveals the evolution of safety devices and methods which came to make the British railway carriage one of the safest modes of transport in the world.

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