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Red for Danger
L.T.C. Rolt

Red for Danger
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Red for Danger :

Classic History of British Railway Disasters
Rolt, L.T.C.

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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