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Images of Transport: Railway Disasters (Paperback)

Transport Photographic Books Trains and Railways

By Simon Fowler
Imprint: Wharncliffe Books
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 120 B&W images
ISBN: 9781845631581
Published: 18th September 2013
Last Released: 4th June 2021

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British railways are one of the safest ways of travelling. That they are so is the result of painful lessons learnt over many decades, for there have been many hundreds of railway disasters.

This book looks at some of the most famous as well as some that have been all but forgotten, matching graphic illustrations with eyewitness accounts of people who were there and the confidential reports of the accident investigators who worked out what had gone wrong.

The book explores the reasons why accidents happen. Some are due to the carelessness of staff, others due to equipment failure or poor signalling. Yet others still baffle the experts. Simon Fowler is a long-standing Pen & Sword author having written many books on family and military history. He is a also a professional researcher and tutor.

“The strength of the book is its photographs of Victorian scenes, many of which will be unfamiliar to present day enthusiasts.”

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The book matches stunning graphic illustrations with gripping eyewitness accounts and the confidential reports of the accident investigators who worked out what had gone wrong. Simon explores the reasons behind the disasters, uncovering new material and evidence along the way. Illustrated with many harrowing images, this is a gripping read.

Essence Magazine

About Simon Fowler

Simon Fowler is a professional researcher specialising in the records of the two world wars and central government. Over the years he has researched hundreds of men who served during the First World War and this book is very much based on his experiences in doing so. He was written a number of other guides for Pen & Sword including Tracing Your Army Ancestors, Tracing Your Navy Ancestors and Now the War is Over: Britain 1919-1920.

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