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Norton Fitzwarren rail crash (1940)

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The Norton Fitzwarren rail crash occurred on 4 November 1940 between Taunton and Norton Fitzwarren in the English county of Somerset, when the driver of a train misunderstood the signalling and track layout, causing him to drive the train through a set of points and off the rails at approximately 40mph. [1]

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Blackout (wartime)

A blackout during war, or in preparation for an expected war, is the practice of collectively minimizing outdoor light, including upwardly directed (or reflected) light.

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Bristol–Exeter line

The Bristol to Exeter line is a major branch of the Great Western Main Line in the southern United Kingdom and runs from Bristol, to Exeter, from where it continues as the Exeter to Plymouth line.

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British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive web site provides access to searchable digitised archives of British newspapers.

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Catch points

Catch points and trap points are types of turnout which act as railway safety devices.

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England

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom.

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Great Western Railway

The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company that linked London with the south-west and west of England, the Midlands, and most of Wales.

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GWR 6000 Class

The Great Western Railway (GWR) 6000 Class or King is a class of 4-6-0 steam locomotive designed for express passenger work and introduced in 1927.

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Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate

Established in 1840, HM Railway Inspectorate (HMRI: Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate) is the British organisation responsible for overseeing safety on Britain's railways and tramways.

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L. T. C. Rolt

Lionel Thomas Caswall Rolt (usually abbreviated to Tom Rolt or L. T. C. Rolt) (11 February 1910 – 9 May 1974) was a prolific English writer and the biographer of major civil engineering figures including Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Thomas Telford.

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List of rail accidents in the United Kingdom

This list of railway accidents in the United Kingdom provides details of significant railway crashes in the United Kingdom involving railway rolling stock, but not other railway related incidents such as the Oxford Circus fire of 1984, the King's Cross fire of 1987 or terrorism.

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Lists of rail accidents

This is the list of rail accident lists.

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Norton Fitzwarren

Norton Fitzwarren is a village, electoral ward, and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated north west of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district.

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Norton Fitzwarren rail crash (1890)

The Norton Fitzwarren rail crash occurred on 11 November 1890, at Norton Fitzwarren station on the Great Western Railway, approximately two miles south-west of Taunton in Somerset.

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Norton Fitzwarren railway station

Norton Fitzwarren railway station is an untimetabled station on the West Somerset Railway in Somerset, England.

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PDF

The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format developed in the 1990s to present documents, including text formatting and images, in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems.

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Railway signal

A signal is a mechanical or electrical device erected beside a railway line to pass information relating to the state of the line ahead to engine drivers (engineers in North America).

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Signal passed at danger

A signal passed at danger (SPAD) in railway terminology of many countries, including Australia and the UK (where it is also known as either a SPAD or SPAR), occurs when a train passes a stop signal without authority to do so.

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Somerset

Somerset (or archaically, Somersetshire) is a county in South West England which borders Gloucestershire and Bristol to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east and Devon to the south-west.

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Taunton

Taunton is a large regional town in Somerset, England.

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Taunton railway station

Taunton railway station is a junction station on the route from London to Penzance, west of London Paddington station.

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Taunton sleeping car fire

The Taunton sleeping car fire occurred in a sleeping car train at Taunton, Somerset, England, in the early hours of 6 July 1978.

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The Herald and Weekly Times

The Herald and Weekly Times Limited (HWT) is a newspaper publishing company based in Melbourne, Australia.

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References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norton_Fitzwarren_rail_crash_(1940)

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