Re: steam train
Posted by Stuart on December 8, 2020, 8:16 pm, in reply to "Re: steam train"
Hi Ian, |
>Not all companies in Britain drove on the left.
That's why I posted, "Most (but far-and-away from all) British steam locomotives, the driver sat on the left".
>The LBSC drove on the right. One reason for the Lewisham disaster. Crew working a Southern Pacific with left hand drive ran through a red signal set up for the old right hand drive LBSC.
Assuming you mean the 1957 "Lewisham disaster" (there's been more than one ), 'fraid you're confused: the line was originally the SER (later SECR) main line; however, at the time, neither SER, SECR nor LBSCR had existed for over thirty years, and BR had existed for nearly a decade; if the signals' positions were really wrong for locos. driven on the left, I suspect either the SR or BR would've moved 'em when they were replaced?
In reality: most trains were electric so drivers seeing signals sited either side of the line wasn't an issue; the line's a busy one so signals were (still are) closely-spaced; the sighting distance - normally acceptable even for steam loco. drivers - was reduced by fog (the accident date was 4th December); the driver failed either to move to look for signals he knew were on the right on that stretch of line, or to ask the fireman to look out for them. As a result, both preceding amber warning signals were missed, so the train wasn't slowed so, when the red was seen, the train wasn't able to stop before colliding with the train in front. Regrettably, not dissimilar to the Eschede crash mentioned in a recent previous thread, the engine's tender knocked over a pier of a rail overbridge, which collapsed on to the following coach.