Red for Danger :
Classic History of British Railway Disasters
Sutton Publishing, 1998
Rolt's seminal work on British railway accidents makes a welcome return in this new edition published by Sutton Publishing.
A reader of an earlier edition writes:
A fascinating, if eccentric, history of UK rail safety. For me this book works on more than one level - as a historical review of how
railway safety evolved, prompting some uneasy comparisons with aviation i.e. little gets done until the body count gets high; as an insight into the world of the Victorian and Edwardian railways; and
not least as an often chilling account of disaster. Rolt does seem to have the knack of adding the detail that brings a story to life. It is hard not to feel for the signalman who solemnly tells his
assistant "Go tell Mr Bunce I am afraid that I have wrecked the Scotch Express".
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