Issue #1 - March 1998

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Welcome to issue #1 of Stop Signal, the new newsletter for Danger Ahead!
What's in this edition:
  • Danger Ahead! gets its own newsletter
  • Southall Disaster(Sept. '97) - HSE Inquiry
  • High speed derailment at Salisbury - 1906
  • Explosion and Fire in Cameroon
  • The new look for Danger Ahead!
  • A brand new, easy to remember URL makes it easy to find Danger Ahead!
  • A host of new specialised search features available now
  • Site Notes
  • Tail Lamp

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Southall Disaster - Health and Safety Executive Inquiry
The HSE inquiry into the accident between a Great Western Intercity 125 and an empty freight train opened on Tuesday February 2, 1998. In addition to reporting on the proceedings, Danger Ahead now includes a feature on this accident providing background information which the inquiry is likely to examine.

Salisbury - 1906 individual, or corporate responsibility.
The issue of speed is actually about keeping it appropriate and under control. Danger Ahead! begins a series of items on accidents whose causes have been inappropriate speed. The first of these is the horrendous smash at Salisbury in 1906. A serious question posed is less to do with the error that may have been made by the engine-driver, rather the effect of market forces, the rivalry between two competing companies for traffic and the need for the engine driver to enhance his wages by accepting tips (bribes?) from passengers to ensure a "fast run". Read the account at
and discover the facts behind this disaster.

Current Reports
February 14 saw a terrible catastrophe on the railways in the central African republic of Cameroon. Although the imediate cause of the collision between two trains of petroleum tankers is at present unknown, it is clear that the parlous state of the country's economy and the poverty of its citizens contributed to the terrific death toll and the huge number of horrific injuries. Look in Recent Reports for more details.

A New Look
Danger Ahead! has received a complete facelift. And it's not just to make it look pretty. The aim has been to make it easier to move around within the site. It now provides consistent navigation - there should be less chance of getting lost!
In the past weeks the issue of load-speed has been addressed. A new, start-page has been introduced which carries the site stats utilities (a source of loading problems if one of the servers goes down - particularly for Netscape users). This allows the majority of the page to load even if the utilities misbehave. Access to the rest of the site is no longer dependent on them loading correctly. The slow-to-appear pop-up window has also gone. Considerable attention has also been paid to the various graphical elements of the site to ensure that they are as Web-friendly as possible, again reducing load time.
Should you encounter any problems with the site please send e-mail to <>.
The brand new, easy to remember URL is designed to make it easier to find Danger Ahead! whenever you want. Give it a try now...

Searches at Danger Ahead!
Danger ahead now makes it easy for you to find the rail-related resources that you want. Do a search on RailServe without having to leave the site. Sniff-out what you want on multiple search-engines with Dogpile. Get up-to-the-minute rail news from the wires with the special Yahoo search. A direct link to ERICK'S Rail News brings current rail-related headlines and an annotated list of current and archived news items from around the Web. Finally, check out the selected and annotated links at Danger Ahead!
All this is available now at Danger Ahead!
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Site Notes
If you have been using the URL MINDER service which was previously available, you may have received somewhat spurious announcements of changes. These have occurred because the MINDER robot detects even the most minor changes - even when we've just been tweaking the HTML. If you have subscribed to Stop Signal, you may now wish to cancel your registration with URL MINDER next time your receive a notification.

Tail Lamp
The following statistics were part of a special edition of Stop Signal which was sent out to individuals who had shown their interest in Danger Ahead by signing the Guestbook or by sending e-mail to railtec. They are repeated here for the interest of new subscribers.
Danger Ahead! first went live on 6 December 1997
As of 10 February 1998, the site has received more than 1700 visitors.
On 12 December 1997 a statistics program was invoked. This reveals that since that date the site has received in excess of 2000 "hits" with almost 1350 unique accesses.
The HitBox 1000 progam currently ranks Danger Ahead! at 199 (out of 1000) in the hobbies section!!!
The most popular browser used by visitors is MSIE 4 - about 29% MS Internet Explorer in its various guises accounts for nearly 50% of all visitor's browsers and the various shades of Netscape make up 20%. AOL gets a look-in too with 4%.
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