My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a manuscript about the 1988 Clapham Junction railway accident. Written by Greg Morse, the book charts the events leading up to the accident, what happened on the day of the accident, the subsequent enquiry and conclusions reached, and then concludes with a look at the railway accidents that have occurred since then. One of the points made is that although one person’s error led to the signal in question not working correctly, there were many underlying causes, including procedure changes, external and Government-related pressures, and a lack of investment in the whole of the domestic railway. Mr Morse writes an interesting story, relating what happened and, at the same time, being fair to those railway people directly involved, concluding that the cause of Clapham was made up of many different factors. A top-class addition to many a railway bookshelf.

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