Analysing and Modelling Risk

The rail industry's learning process began in its earliest days, the first Railway Regulation Act establishing both a Railway Inspectorate and a requirement to report all injurious accidents to the Board of Trade.

That was in 1840. Within 50 years, block signalling, interlocking and continuous braking on passenger trains had been made mandatory; the next century would see many more improvements, ranging from continuous welded rail to automatic train protection systems – new technologies which often came out of investigations.

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