Issue #2 - April 1998
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Welcome to issue #2 of Stop Signal, the new newsletter for Danger
What's in this edition:
- Stop Signal: Danger Ahead! gets its own
- NEW Railway Postcards at Danger
- More from HSE Inquiry into the Southall Disaster
- Disasters due to Speed
- Searches at Danger Ahead!
- Help Wanted
- Site Notes
- Tail Lamp
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Railway Postcards and a free
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Danger Ahead! is very pleased to introduce FREE
postcards as a service to visitors to the site. Railway Postcards are railway
scenes that you can send to friends and colleagues together with your own
personal message. There are eight images to choose from and you can further
personalise your card by selecting a background texture and colour. You can even
add music if you wish.
The images form a series with a railway theme and will be
changed regularly to reflect the rail scene around the world. The current series
is British Steam, a collection of colour photographs
of classic steam locomotives at work.
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Ahead! is giving away a free screensaver. This is all the pictures in the
British Steam series collected into a continually changing panaorama of steam
engines moving across your screen. You can get this free download by visiting
the Railway Postcards page and scrolling to the bottom.
Southall Disaster - Health and Safety Executive
The HSE inquiry into the accident between a Great Western
Intercity 125 and an empty freight train has been adjourned pending a decision
by the Crown Prosecution Service and British Transport Police about whether to
bring a criminal prosecution against the driver. Questions however are emerging
about safety issues relateds to this accident in which seven passengers died.
There was building work in the vicinity of the accident and it has been
suggested that this may have obscured the colour light signals that should have
protected the freight train while it was crossing the main running lines.
Professor Uff, chairing the enquiry, will want to know how this may have
contributed to the crash.
He will also be investigating the state of the Automatic
Warning System, asking why it was not operational on the Intecity 125 train. The
implementation of the system is the responsibility of Railtrack which has
recently announced a ten-year plan to spend almost 17 billion pounds on
upgrading the railway infrastructure in Great Britain. However, hard on the
heals of this announcement has come a warning from the HSE (Health & Safety
Executive) that they may bring a prosecution against the company for failiing to
comply with an instruction to bring parts of the network up to a level of
The Need for Speed
The series of items about accidents whose
primary cause was inappropriate speed continues with two more articles.
The earliest of these was in 1896 at Preston on
the east coast route to Scotland. The schedules that drivers were required to
maintain owed much to those which had been established during the Great Train
Races of the 1870s when the east coast and the west coast routes were in
competition to achieve the fastest Anglo-Scottish runs. The Tourist
Express from London Euston to Glasgow was being driven by a man who had
never before handled this particular train when it left the rails just north of
Preston station. Witnesses estimated that its speed was about 45 mph, exceeding
the 10 mph speed restriction through the station.
The second item describes an incident on the France/Italy
border at Modane in 1917. The accident involved a troop train with approximately
1000 french soldiers returning home on leave. The train had inadequate braking
for the load and against the driver's better judgement, he was forced by the
military authorities to take the train through an alpine pass with disastrous
results and causing the worst-ever railway accident in terms of
Searches at Danger
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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
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