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Railway Accidents

Train crashes and railway accidents are fortunately rather rare. When crashes do happen, they always give rise to lurid, almost hysterical coverage in the media. As a railway enthusiast I am not interested in graphic depictions of tragic carnage and death tolls. What is of interest is the chain of events that leads up to the accident, and the measures put in place to minimize the risk of a similar accident occurring again.

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The Big Four Railway Companies

In 1923 the majority of railway companies in Britain were grouped into the “The Big Four”. The four companies were the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), the Great Western Railway (GWR) and the Southern Railway (SR). This amalgamation, which became known as the Grouping involved over 100 railway companies, more than 20,000 route miles and 24,550 locomotives.

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Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman is perhaps the most famous locomotive in the world. It set a number of records during its long career and became the first steam engine to reach 100mph. Flying Scotsman served with the LNER and British Railways until withdrawal in 1963. It was preserved and subsequently travelled around the globe.

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