The writing mojo has gone on strike today, so here is an old photo….
Firstly, another old school railway club (I recognise the blazers) outing, in 1970, to the 15″ Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Miniature in size, but very much a real railway. Opened in 1925, it’s still going strong and well worth a visit. Over the years it has run armoured trains as part of the WW2 defence of the English Channel, run a successful freight service including fish and shingle (plenty of both at Dungerness), and has the only locomotives of the ‘Mountain’ 4-8-2 wheel arrangement built for a UK railway.
I liked the Wikipedia article that included a section on accidents.
There have been a number of serious accidents over the railway’s 90 year operation with an extensive mainline timetable. The vast majority of these have been related to level crossings, and in every documented case the road user has either admitted liability, or been found to have been in the wrong by the subsequent investigation. Despite the presence of large numbers of visitors and tourists, almost all recorded level crossing incidents have involved local car drivers.
The local drivers obviously take the trains for granted and take more risks.