Railway disaster: Thorpe 1874

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the railway disaster at Thorpe, Norfolk, 1874. A series of communication errors meant that the drivers of two trains going in opposite directions on a single track line both got authority to proceed. The two trains collided head on, and a mass of wrecked carriages piled on an embankment. Following this disaster Edward Tyer invented the tablet system: a token was handed to the driver, which electrically locked and unlocked the signal on a single track.