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978-0-7153-8362-9 / 9780715383629

Red for Danger

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Publisher:David & Charles

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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This classic history of British railway disasters covers every major incident on a British railway up to the mid-1950s. The cover of the 1966 edition lists some of the disasters Rolt wrote about in Red for Danger: "The fate of the Flying Scotsman in a blizzard at Abbots Ripton and the frantic but fruitless efforts of the railway staff to avert a second catastrophe; the sequence of trivial but fateful mistakes which ended in the terrible head-on collisions at Norwich and Abermule; the disasters in the high Pennines at Hawes Junction and Ais Gill; the structural defects of the first Tay Bridge which led to its fall one wild December night in 1879; the packed runaway coaches of the Warren Point excursion rushing headlong down the Armagh incline; these are only a few of the dramatic and tragic events described in Red for Danger." The stories are not all tragedy, according to the cover. There is a comic element in some of the mishaps which Rolt relates, while the episode of the runaway locomotive on the Somerset & Dorset line is sheer knockabout farce. "In this fourth revised edition Kichenside adds new material to the late Mr Rolt's narrative, convering accidents of the modern era in the last twenty years, including the disasters at Hither Green, Hixon, Moorgate and Taunton. This has been a period of massive change on the railways of Britain with new equipment and techniques revolutionising railway operation, but at the same time opening doors to new hazards, some coming to light only after major accidents." Cover of the New Revised edition of Red for Danger Red For Danger is remarkable in its concise presentation of the important changes in railway safety working practices brought about through the detailed analysis of each accident.

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