Red for danger: A history of railway accidents and railway safety
The fate of the Flying Scotsman III 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; and missed signals which brought the fearful collisions at Harrow & Wealdstone and Lewisham; these are a few of the dramatic and tragic events described in Red for Danger, which covers the major accidents on British railways over nearly a century and a half. Yet the story is not one of unrelieved tragedy for there is a strong comic element in some of the mishaps related by Mr Rolt, while the episode of the runaway locomotive on the Somerset & Dorset line is sheer knockabout farce.
In this fourth revised edition, Geoffrey Kichenside adds new material to the late Mr Rolt's narrative, covering 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.
Red for Danger is no mere collection of sensational stories, but reveals the pains- taking thoroughness with which railway accidents are investigated, often needing fascinating detective work, so that causes may be established and measures taken to prevent a repetition.
Hardback with dust jacket, 14x22cm, 308 pages, black & white photographs
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