Railway Work, Life & Death
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