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on 10 May 2014
If you are looking for an authoritative history of Britain's railway accidents, and perhaps interested in how things got safer because of learning from them, this is not the place to look. What you get is a fairly hasty trawl through accidents divided for no good reason into chapters of - mostly - ten years. There is no attempt to develop analysis of persistent problems, for example with brakes or signalling systems, and some influential accidents receive little attention. The style of writing is also a little simplistic at times, especially when the author decides to make an 'observation'.The pictures appear to have been chosen at random and some of them appear in chapters a long way from the period of time they illustrate; they also have shockingly bad captions displaying an ignorance of railways, and there are three pictures almost identical showing a single damaged diesel - which whoever captioned the pictures clearly hasn't noticed. Some of these captions are so bad as to be unintentionally hilarious

There are several publishers who appear to be dashing out railway books at the moment without the expertise to do a decent job. This one could have done with a good editor, an author with more insight into the topic and a picture editor with at least the ability to look at a picture and consult Wikipedia. Sloppy writing that could have done with editing includes the chapter which starts, 'The decade began in normal fashion, although it was August before a serious fatal accident occurred.' The next chapter starts, 'Once the new decade had begun, it wasn't long before the first fatal accident.'
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on 20 November 2014
The Author seems to be mediocre writer at best. There where moments when the book was interesting and informative, there where also moments when the book seemed to have been written by a child in some places with the choice of wording there was also a lack of information for a book that talks about railway accidents in the modern era it missed out the last modern crash in Cumbria in the mid naughties.
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on 2 May 2014
Covers a large number of accidents, mostly with information gleaned from contemporary newspapers. Quite interesting for the casual train smash enthusiast but too superficial for me, though I enjoyed it. There are far more detailed and comprehensive books available from, for example, Adrian Vaughan, O.S. Nock, and the superbly written "Red for Danger" by L.T.C. Rolt. Rolt's book is elderly but is still, I think, the best! Other authors have added more recent events to newer editions of Rolt's book, some more successfully than others. If buying "Red for Danger" check reviews for the different editions.
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on 11 January 2015
Basically a list of the disasters and the reports from the papers, nothing very analytical in the content and some of the research could have been better done. IMHO.
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on 15 May 2015
Very poor effort. It has for example unreferenced photos and other shortcomings, it cannot compare with LTC Rolt or JAB Hamilton
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on 21 January 2014
Good book, not just about train crashes but a lot of good stuff on the early effects of rail travel on the person and how the medical and legal profession began to profit from injuries on the rails. The beginning of a compensation culture
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on 2 December 2015
I was surprised how many accidents were on the railway network from day 1 to the present day
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on 5 November 2015
Great book well documented
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on 16 February 2015
Rather disappointing
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on 4 August 2014
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