One of the aims – and hopes – of the ‘Railway Work, Life & Death’ project was to see if we could contribute to a ‘useable past’: that is, not just creating a useful resource for people interested in the past, but also seeing if the current railway industry might be able to make use […]
The spreadsheet has been available from the site for around 2 months now, so we thought it might be a good chance to give a brief update, thank you for your interest – and ask you for your feedback on what we’re doing. The website has had well over 3,000 views, and the spreadsheet has […]
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 […]
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 […]
Over the last month there’s been some behind the scenes activity, as we work out our next steps. Some of that is practical – chiefly, how we make the details of the accidents available to you in the most convenient and easily searchable format. But some of it is also more long-term, like what we […]
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.
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. […]
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 […]