Though trains are one of the safest forms of transport, train accidents always make headline news. Their history is, in many ways, the history of technological development and learning. Early incidents like the felling of William Huskisson MP by Stephenson's Rocket in 1830 led to the reporting systems we know today, while within 50 years safer signalling and braking methods had been made mandatory. Greg Morse charts these changes, taking the story on through the twentieth century, which saw advances in track design and train protection systems, but which ended with a stark reminder that accidents always have more than one cause.
About the Author
Greg Morse is a writer and railway historian, the author. He was also instilled with a love of trains at an early age. Growing up in the Great Western town of Swindon in the 1970s, he witnessed the end of the celebrated diesel hydraulics and the birth of the Inter-City 125s. He has written many books and articles on railway history and is now privileged to work for the industry he loves as an Operational Safety Specialist.
Table of Contents
Introduction / Early Days / An Inspector Calls / From Time to Space / Bridges and Brakes / Human Errors / Taking Control / Nationalisation, Modernisation and the Threat of Fog / New Railway, New Danger? / Return to Clapham / Further Reading / Index