Issue #3 - June 1998
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What's in this issue:
- Danger Ahead is Moving
- Eschede ICE Disaster
- More accidents in the news
- WWW Train Wrecks
- Tail Lamp
Danger Ahead is
Moving 4th July
Danger Ahead! - Historic Railway Disasters is moving to a new
home on Saturday July 4, 1998. The site will then be hosted by Blue Moon Network
and the new URL will be http://danger-ahead.railfan.net.
Follow the link for a preview. (WARNING - the site is under heavy construction.
Some internal links may not be working and parts may be incomplete)
There are many benefits gained from the move.
The two most visible to visitors will be faster loading times and we shall lose
the insidious Geocities branding intrusions. At Blue Moon, we shall have the
opportunity to implement several developments that have been in the pipeline -
watch this space for more information.
After July 4, the <travel.to/danger> URL will point to
the new address. For the time-being the email address for the site will remain
Expect another mailing on Saturday July
Eschede ICE Disaster
Wednesday June 3 1998 saw a tragic rail accident
in Germany when a high-speed ICE (Inter City Express) train crashed into a road
over-bridge in the town of Eschede. In terms of lives lost, it counts as
Germany's worst railway disaster in fifty years. The accident was widely
reported and there has been much speculation about the cause of the accident.
Danger Ahead! carried reports of events as they happened, and continues
to provide updates. The site has refrained from joining in the speculation as
only the investigation and subsequent enquiry will provide the answer to the
cause. With the move to the new server, there will be a Special Feature on the
accident including an examination of the facts gathered from a variety of
All the Danger Ahead! reports have been gathered at the new
site and can be seen at
More accidents in
June has not been a good month for the world's
railways. At Concord near Sydney, Australia on 9 June a CityRail Tangara train
was derailed while apparently travelling too fast through a turnout. Danger
Following the ICE tragedy, in Britain a
high-speed IC225 train was derailed on 17 June. Danger Ahead!
On18 June at Portage,
Indiana a commuter train smashed into a truck that was straddling a grade
crossing. Three people were killed. Danger Ahead! report...
Train wrecks on the WWW
Other WWW sites that deal with railway
Clint Chamberlain maintains a site of US RR
photographs which includes three galleries of US train wrecks...
Robert has submitted the following information about official
sites that deal with railway accidents...
There is an official Transportation Safety Board of Canada
(TSB) report of a rail accident of Canadian National (CN) Westbound Train No.
117 freight train on 12 August 1996 at http://bst-tsb.gc.ca/rail/er96c0172.html
It is a large file ... about 330kb, but includes several jpegs. It examines the
rail safety issues of the head-on collision in detail.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has a list of
railroad accident reports at http://www.ntsb.gov/Publictn/R_Acc.htm
____________________________BooksI recently posted a
message to several newsgroups announcing some updates to Danger Ahead!. This
prompted a question from one reader about Books concerning railway accidents. As
ever, the always helpful "posters" to the groups sent in details of a
number of excellent books on the subject. I was also able to do some research
and I have produced a list of books all of
which are related to accidents in
the UK. The list will be added to the website and I hope to maintain it with
updates as new material appears.
Following the mishap with the subscribers database, I have
tried to recompile it from limited backups and other information that I have
available. In order to try to prevent a recurrance of this, I have decided to
maintain the database at Annuit. If you have received this newsletter and you
did not subscribe to it, please accept my apologies. It is not my intention to
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