The Fateful Day - A Commemorative Book of the Armagh Railway Disaster June 12th 1889The Fateful Day - A Commemorative Book of the Armagh Railway Disaster June 12th
Booklet published by Armagh District Council. Large A4 size rectangular booklet (S7937WSO)
From the introduction: The terrible railway accident, usually referred to as the Great Armagh Railway Disaster, took place close to Armagh on the line to Newry and Warren point on Wednesday June 12th 1889. This disaster was the result of a collision at Killuney between the runaway rear portion of an excursion train bound for Warrenpoint and the oncoming regular passenger train bound for Newry.
In terms of dead, 88 eventually, the accident exceeded the 74 deaths which had resulted from the collapse of the Tay Bridge in 1879. The Armagh accident remained the worst in Britain and Ireland until the Quintinshill Disaster of 1915 which claimed 227 lives. Overall, it still stands fourth in the league of carnage in the rail history of these islands.
The extent and details of the carnage at Armagh, including about 400 injured in varying degrees, were so shocking that their effects on railway law and practice were profound. The disaster was not due in the first instance to any failure of the braking system. It was rather a tragic example of how once an operator made an initial blunder, a chain of events made such a disastrous conclusion inevitable
The condition of the booklet is generally ok. The cover has several scuffs, blemishes and creases, and some nibbling and wear along the edges and corners, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact and bound. There is some light yellowing to the inside page edges throughout, and the booklet has a very faint musty smell from where it has been stored.