One of the beauties of the railway network is that, for the most part, it is completely segregated from other transport infrastructure: as such, it is largely immune from traffic congestion on the roads. There is, however, one point of direct interface between the railway and road networks, and that is the level crossing. In recent years, there has been growing concern about the safety issues surrounding level crossings as there have been a number of accidents both on the national network and on preserved lines that have led to tragic fatalities.
Written by one of the British Railway Board's former Signalling and Safety Officers, this is an authoritative look at the history of the level crossing and all the safety issues surrounding them in the current day and age. A final chapter by Peter Van Der Mark also looks at level crossings in Europe. This is the first time this subject has been covered in book form and it will appeal to all enthusiasts and be an ideal companion to the author's previous books on railway accidents.
Hardback with dust jacket, 128 pages, black & white and colour photographs
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