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5.0 out of 5 stars New theory about Britain's worst ever train crash
Quintinshill was a signal box on the west coast main line from London to Glasgow, located about 17 miles south-east of Lockerbie and half a mile north-west of Gretna. There was no station at Quintinshill; the only reason for the signal box being there was to control the passing loops and sidings, which allowed slower trains to be held up to allow fast trains to overtake...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilled Potential
There is certainly a need for a new book about Quintinshill; the standard reference sources have for many years been `Gretna: Britain's Worst Railway Disaster (1915)' by John Thomas and `Britain's Greatest Rail Disaster: The Quintinshill Blaze of 1915' by JAB Hamilton, both books published as long ago as 1969. In the forty-odd years since then a good deal of new material...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not proven, 14 Nov 2013
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This review is from: The Quintinshill Conspiracy: The Shocking True Story Behind Britainís Worst Rail Disaster (Hardcover)
The story of the Quintishill disaster is well known.

A northbound stopping train had to be shunted to allow northbound expresses to overtake it. Both loops were occupied by goods trains so the train was shunted on to the southbound line. Here it was somehow forgotten and a southbound troop train signalled through (this was 1915). A collision occurred. Worse the northbound express could not be stopped and ploughed into the wreckage resulting in 230 deaths, many from the fire resulting from gas-lit elderly wooden coaches.

The 2 signalmen (it was shift changeover time) were rightly blamed, they had broken several basic safety rules, tried and imprisoned.

The authors do not dispute the facts but claim that the Caledonian Railway (essentially controlled by the government in wartime) was institutionally to blame. The signalmen were expected to give priority to both the expresses (the same timetable as before the war) and the troop train. They would be criticised for delaying either. The rules, and their interpretation, were rather selectively presented at the hearings. The coroner was not impartial and their counsel could have done better. The press seem to have been muzzled. The Caledonian did not carry out inspections as it should and the signalmen's unofficial shift changeover must have been known to their superior who denied this. There is also a suggestion that one of the men suffered from epilepsy which would have made him unsuited to the job, and be known to the company (this could explain how he inexplicably forgot the local train which he had actually travelled to work on).

The Caledonian looked after the men on their release and this is taken by the authors as indicative of a "cover up". They could "take the rap" to protect those higher up.

A good read, particularly if you are not familiar with the incident. The authors certainly show that justice was not done, but do not really prove a conspiracy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would be of great interest to those with the intimate knowledge of railway ..., 29 Aug 2014
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Very interesting but difficult to fully understand the operations of railways. Would be of great interest to those with the intimate knowledge of railway operations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD, 5 Aug 2014
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GOOD READ.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Author review, 13 Dec 2014
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Not really what I was expecting...nevertheless good service
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough, 28 Oct 2013
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Very well written (and researched) - probably the most definative account possible. (especially after nearly a century) - useful putting it into a political and wartime context.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 13 Oct 2014
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An interesting book which I am still reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 Oct 2014
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still reading it but enjoying it very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Dec 2014
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very good speedy delivery excellent book
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintinshill Conspiracy, 12 May 2014
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Very good book.
This book finally tells the truth behind this tragic disaster.
Would recommend to anyone who is interested in Rail disasters
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A difficult read, 8 Mar 2014
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L. P. Armstrong "Loz" (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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A very interesting slant on the disaster, and obviously the result of a lot of research. However the main thrust of the new argument seemed to be based on one fragment of information then backed up by various other observations and sometimes anecdotal information. There was however, some very interesting research that I liked showing that 'cover-ups' are nothing new!
That was once the writers got to the stage of telling you that. The first part of the book concentrates on the accident itself and the necessary background information needed, but then there was a large proportion of the book that was frustratingly slow in producing the new evidence and information. There was far too much repeating of previously told information, as well as of the background detail. The book would have been better being half the size and far more succinct.
Overall it's a very difficult read and as a result I'm not entirely convinced by it all, but it does contain some very interesting research and is worth it for those interesting in understanding the reasons behind such disasters.
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