Accident at Thirsk, 1892.
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Plate taken from the 'Illustrated London News' (Vol 92/2 p 601) from a sketch by the artist Mr. Julius M. Price. The Edinburgh-London train had run into the back of a goods train. The accident, like so many, was caused by signalling problems, in this case the signalman was found asleep. Accidents such as this prompted the development of interlocking points and automatic brake systems to be activated if the train became divided. Here, rescuers search the blazing remains of a carriage for survivors.