The History of the Great Northern Railway, 1845-1895

Paperback | May 20, 2012

byCharles Herbert Grinling

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 Excerpt: ... seems that the one and only passenger killed outright on the system up to this time was, curiously enough, the eldest son of one of the original promoters and directors of the Company, Mr. Francis Pym, of Biggleswade, who had met his sad death in April, 1860, by the wrecking of an express--again one of the Manchester "fliers "--when it was passing through Hatfield station, the cause being the displacement of a rail, which flew up and killed a platelayer at the same time. Unfortunately for the Company, Mr. Pym died intestate, leaving a widow and nine children, and, as the property was all entailed to the eldest son, the others were legally unprovided for. Under these circumstances a jury awarded,£1000 compensation to the widow, and,£1500 to each child--13,000 in all, and the Company, after appeal, had actually to pay,£9000 and about,£2000 costs besides. This Pym case, as may be supposed, had troubled the shareholders a good deal, but it had not affected the reputation which the Great Northern had gradually acquired in the minds of the general public of being an exceedingly safe line to travel upon. Consequently the sensation created was very great, when on the morning of Monday, 11 June, 1866, the newspapers announced that an accident of the most alarming and unprecedented kind had occurred on the system--that three trains had come into collision in the middle of a tunnel, that the debris had been converted into a huge bonfire, and that it was still unextinguished. The details of this sensational "Welwyn Tunnel accident " are briefly as follows:--Being unable to prove negligence, as required by Lord Campbell's Act, the unfortunate sufferers by this accident did not obtain a penny of compensation, though they brought a...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 Excerpt: ... seems that the one and only passenger killed outright on the system up to this time was, curiously enough, the eldest son of on...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:194 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.41 inPublished:May 20, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217590411

ISBN - 13:9780217590419

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