We’re delighted to say that the accident data is now available for you to use! You can find it on ‘The Accidents’ page, as a spreadsheet for you to download and search at your leisure. This represents the culmination of the work so far, including several months of hard effort from our superb team of […]
Volunteers working on the ‘Railway Work, Life & Death’ project have uncovered the stories of nearly 4,000 individuals who were either injured or killed whilst working on Britain’s railways between January 1911 and June 1915. Amongst the casualties was 16-year old James Beck, a ‘wagon greaser’ (someone responsible for ensuring the axle boxes of freight […]
Our superb volunteers have excelled themselves and have just finished cataloguing all the railway worker accidents investigated by the Railway Inspectors between 1 January 1911 and 30 June 1915, when investigations were halted due to the war. We were expecting a figure of around 3,000 – but the actual figure was 3,911 individual workers either […]
We might tend to question the extent to which many of the working classes – for it is the working classes who are largely the subject of these accident reports – could read or write. For the railway industry the indications are actually that the workforce was highly literate, but the ability to read certainly […]
A quick update – the volunteers have been hard at work going through hundreds of accident reports and getting the details into the spreadsheet; I’m pleased to say that they’ve managed to get through 24 of the 36 sets of accident reports. This means we’re already two-thirds of the way through our material, after only […]
The answer is, of course, one. But we live in the real world, and only too frequently accidents happen. We’d hope only once, but sometimes they strike the same individual twice. One such case has been uncovered by one of our volunteers and makes for interesting reading. On 25 February 1912, labourer Joseph Brown went […]
A brief update on what’s been happening and how we’re working, starting with a little necessary technical detail. The accident reports we’re using were produced by the state body, the Railway Inspectorate, which was part of the Board of Trade at this time. They were collected together and published, once per quarter of a year. […]
We’ll be adding updates and news to this part of the website as and when relevant. As the project goes on and we have data to make available, we will do so, and let you know. In the meantime, do please keep an eye on the website.