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Wheels to Disaster!: The Oxford Train Wreck of Christmas Eve 1874
 

Wheels to Disaster!: The Oxford Train Wreck of Christmas Eve 1874 (Paperback, illustrated edition)

By Lewis, Peter
By Nisbet, Alistair

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The development of railways in Britain came in the 1830s as a result of the needs of industry and of the public eager for the novelty and cheapness of rail travel. These early railways were beset by accidents caused by collisions and mechanical failure, and the 1870s produced mor...e disasters than any other decade before or since. On Christmas Eve in 1874 the worst accident in the history of the GWR occurred at Shipton-on-Cherwell, several miles from Oxford, when the 10 a.m. from London Paddington to Birkenhead derailed, killing thirty-four passengers. The fracture of a single tyre was enough to cause this catastrophe due to the lack of continuous braking and inadequate communication between the driver and passengers. The authors detail the history surrounding this tragic event using the accounts of eyewitnesses, archive newspaper articles and reports.
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ISBN 9780752445120
Released NZ 14 Jul 2008
Publisher The History Press Ltd
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
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ISBN-13 9780752445120
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher The History Press Ltd
Imprint The History Press Ltd
Released 14 Jul 2008
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Lewis, Peter
By Nisbet, Alistair
Category Local History
Trains & Railways: General Interest
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 172mm
Height: 248mm
Spine: 10mm
Dewey Code 363.122094257409034
Weight 580g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Local History, Names & Genealogy
ONIX Text General/trade

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