and discover the facts behind this disaster.
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
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.
Searches at Danger
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
All this is available now at Danger
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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
As of 10 February 1998, the site has received more than 1700
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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