Blood on the Tracks

Blood on the Tracks : A History of Railway Crime in Britain

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Between 1835 and the 1850s, railway mania blossomed around Britain. Crime emerged as the railways developed, at first opportunistic crimes such as fare evasion and robberies, but gradually more inventive forms evolved, notably the minor clerk Redpath in the 1850s, whose shameless cooking of the books to live the high life exposed the lack of any kind of accountancy across the railway industry. The first train murder was not until the 1840s, and sparked great fear of foreigners as a German was charged and hanged for the crime. The outcry resulted in the communication cord being introduced to the railway carriages, so that no longer would they exist as completely separate spaces and passengers could alert the driver to any assault within.

This fascinating history covers all varieties of crime on the railways and how it has changed over the years, from assaults and robberies, to theft of goods, murder, vandalism, football and other crowd activity, suicide on the line, fraud and white collar crime, and also looks at the use of railway crime in film and literature.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 20mm | 570g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 0752452312
  • 9780752452319
  • 1,272,589

About David Brandon

David Brandon, the author of Haunted Lincoln, lives in Peterborough. He has a strong interest in the supernatural and has co-authored several books on this theme with Alan. Alan Brooke also lives in Peterborough. A writer and part-time lecturer with a lifelong interest in railways, his previous books with David include Shadows in the Steam and Haunted London Underground.
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