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Railway Football Clubs

Railways and Association Football in Britain have links going back to their 19th century origins. Some the clubs that play association football have close links to the railways.

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The Battle of Havant

Disputes between railway companies have occurred since the earliest days of railways. Modern disagreements usually get settled in the courtroom, but in days gone by some disputes resulted in actual violence. One such quarrel in the nineteenth century became known as the Battle of Havant.

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February 28th and Railways

Posting has been light here at Trainbits this February (alright non-existent until now Ed). So to ensure there is a post this month today we are going to look at railway related anniversaries for February 28th.

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Steam in the Street: RAE Farnborough

The idea of steam engines running down ordinary streets seems almost inconceivable under the current strict heath and safety regime. However, until the late 1960s, steam engines did indeed run down the street in Farnborough.

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The Gare Montparnasse Accident

Those who have never even heard of the Gare Montparnasse accident will recognize the iconic photograph of its aftermath. The image of the crashed locomotive from this tragic derailment has been reproduced in popular culture many times since.

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The Train Crash at Crush

The Crash at Crush was a staged train crash in September 1896. William George Crush of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad organised the publicity stunt at the temporary city of Crush, Texas. Crush got the idea after witnessing a train crash and seeing how people reacted to the accident.

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Railway Thefts

Unfortunately, railways have always been associated with crime even since their earliest days. Railway thefts have featured prominently among these wrongdoings. There have been two British great train robberies, trains have been stolen and once an entire station was stolen.

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