Quintin­shill: Bri­tain’s Dead­li­est Rail Disas­ter

BBC Two Scot­land,

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On the morn­ing of 22 May 1915, one of the worst rail­way dis­as­ters in Bri­tish his­tory took place on track close to Gretna Green in Dum­friesshire. It oc­curred when a south­bound troop train trav­el­ling at high speed crashed into a lo­cal ser­vice that had been shunted onto the main line be­cause of con­ges­tion. Shortly af­ter, the tragedy was com­pounded when an overnight ex­press head­ing from Lon­don to Scot­land crashed into the wreck­age. At least 226 peo­ple died, a fur­ther 246 were in­jured.

So what went wrong? At the time, the ac­ci­dent was blamed on two sig­nal­men work­ing close to the site of the ac­ci­dent: Ge­orge Meakin, who had cov­ered the night shift, and James Tins­ley, who had just taken over from him. Both were im­pris­oned for cul­pa­ble homi­cide, and cer­tainly both men

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