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Red for Danger

by L T C Rolt

Red for Danger 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.

Red for Danger Press Reviews

Railway enthusiasts should consider it essential.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780752451060
Publication date: 15th June 2009
Author: L T C Rolt
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 236 pages
Categories: Trains & railways: general interest, Railway transport industries, Social & cultural history,

About L T C Rolt

L.T.C. ROLT trained as an engineer, but his fame rests on his classic biographies of Brunel, Telford, Trevithick and the Stephensons, his superb volumes of autobiography (Landscape with Machines, Landscape with Canals, Landscape with Figures), his volumes of transport history, and on his account of a journey along the waterways of England, Narrow Boat. He founded the Inland Waterways Association and was instrumental in encouraging interest in Britain's industrial heritage at Tal-y-llyn and elsewhere. He died in 1974.

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