The Quintinshill Conspiracy: The Shocking True Story Behind Britains Worst Rail Disaster Hardcover – 30 Sep 2013
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About the Author
Adrian Searle is a journalist and author who has written extensively on a range of historical topics. Born and raised on the Isle of Wight, he returned to the island in 1984 to edit a local newspaper and has worked in a freelance capacity since 1989. A keen student of railway history and operation, he has written widely on several related aspects. Prior to pursuing a career teaching music, Jack Richards was employed in the railway industry, working for a period in a train control centre. Maintaining a life-long interest in railway history and close links with the rail industry, he has chaired a rail user group and a community rail partnership and has served as a member of the Rail Passengers Council, on whose behalf he contributed to research and publications.
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The book does indeed come to that conclusion, but its account is far from balanced. The clue may be in the title - advertised for pre-order as `Britain's Worst Rail Disaster: The Shocking Story of Quintinshill 1915', by the time of publication the title had been changed to `The Quintinshill Conspiracy: The Shocking True Story behind Britain's Worst Rail Disaster'. The authors adopt an approach taken by a long line of conspiracy theorists throughout history - cast as much doubt and dirt as possible upon the `official' version and repeat the elements of the conspiracy theory interminably until the general reader accepts them as fact. This is a great pity, because I already accept, and have long believed, that there was indeed serious impropriety - a `conspiracy', if you like - in the handling of the Quintinshill enquiries.Read more ›
The authors contend that pinning the entire blame on two duty signalmen at Quintinshill was unjust. To some extent I have to agree, even from a strictly legal standpoint. The authors argue further that culpability on the part of the Caledonian Railway, the men's employers, was deliberately hushed up and that connivance in this injustice involved not just the highest levels of the railway company but His Majesty's government itself. We need to distinguish between what probably happened, what kind of support the evidence gives for it, and what its relevance is.Read more ›
The crash was actually a double collision that involved five trains. It happened in 1915, when the railways were particularly busy due to the war effort, which used the railways to transport troops and supplies. One of the trains involved, and the worst affected, was carrying troops intended for the Gallipoli campaign in the Dardanelles, which was already in trouble and cost Churchill his job at the time.
May 1915 was a particularly bad month for Britain anyway, as the Germans had sunk the Lusitania for the loss of 1,198 lives. Also, although still run by private companies, the railways were officially under government control during the war. The Lusitannia, the Gallipoli / Dardanelles debacle and Quintinshill provided a triple blow for Asquith's government.
This book describes the events that led up to the crash, the double collision itself and the aftermath, complete with track and signalling arrangements, examining the evidence afresh.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing how tragedies like this can be covered up. Good read.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very repetitive, lots of drawing conclusions without evidence, lots or repeating to back up conclusions for which there is little evidence.Published 5 months ago by TheSkipper
The book is a balancing act between a novel and a formal report. It fails to achieve either the blood heating emotions of a novel or the cool interest of facts. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Trevor Anderson
A difficult subject that has been covered several times.I suppose we shall never know what really happened in the detail to be able to conclude who was really to blame.Published 12 months ago by Mr. Peter Crosland