Rail­way Work, Life & Death

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Work­ing on the rail­ways was one of the most dan­ger­ous oc­cu­pa­tions of the early 20th cen­tury. This Portsmouth Univer­sity and Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum project de­tails ac­ci­dents to rail­way staff, in­clud­ing who was in­volved, where, when, what hap­pened and why. At the mo­ment about 4,500 cases are freely avail­able from the web­site, along with lots of other re­sources about rail­way work and safety. In 2019 vol­un­teers will be adding roughly 7,500 more cases from the pe­riod be­tween the wars, as well as con­tin­u­ing work on a fur­ther 35,000 cov­er­ing the late 19th cen­tury to 1930.

Spin­ning yarn in Sligo, c1908

A rail­way ac­ci­dent at Kentish Town in 1861

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