Irish Accident Records – untapped potential

In this guest post Norman Gamble, the Archivist of the Irish Railway Record Society (IRRS), introduces the Society and its archives – including the great potential offered by their holdings of staff accident registers. As yet these volumes are, like their British equivalents, unindexed and untapped – something we’d like to change, working with the […]

Continue Reading 0

Thrown from their wagon

For some staff, getting to or from work was a matter of walking. For permanent way staff, who might be working on track many miles from where they were based, getting to the site of work might involve riding on or in wagons. That wasn’t without risk – as William Layton and William Day found […]

Continue Reading 0

A one-way problem

Railway working produced all sorts of odd terms, specific to the industry. Some of these are less obvious than others – but one which might more easily be understood from the title is ‘tow-roping.’ Not dissimilar from towing a vehicle on the roads, tow-roping involved using a rope to pull a wagon or wagons. It […]

Continue Reading 0

Direct the project!

What questions should the project be asking? What sources should we be bringing into it? How would you want to get involved? What research would you do into railway staff accidents and ill-health if you were starting out? We’ve started with some big questions, because they’re important. We’ve always tried to be collaborative in our […]

Continue Reading 0

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes