Rails to Disaster: More British Steam Train Accidents 1906-1957 by Malcolm Gerard & J. A. B. Hamilton hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Book Club Associates, 1983, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams;
From the cover: Courage, carelessness, quick thinking, incompetence, initiative, panic: all these human strengths and failings have been brought out at different times by the incidents chronicled in Rails to Disaster.
It is the sequel to Trains to Nowhere, the highly successful adaptation by Malcolm Gerard of the late J. A. B. Hamiltons classic British Railway Accidents of the Twentieth Century. Four chapters from Mr Hamiltons original book, omitted from Trains to Nowhere, are here included the Elliot Junction, Ditton Junction, Darlington and Welwyn (1935) accidents. Mr Gerard has also added his own accounts of twelve more disasters, basing his factual accounts on the official inquiry records. But, like Mr Hamilton, he delves deeper into the characters of the men involved and into what their behaviour immediately before, during and after the accidents tells us about them.
Taken together, the incidents related in Rails to Disaster provide a particular view of the history of British railway practice and technology as well as a fascinating, if sometimes tragic, picture of how ordinary people behave under intense stress.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Pages very gently age-tanned.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine.
124 pages. Index. 9″ x 7¾”.
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