How safety has moved on

Reading through some back issues of The Railway Magazine I came across the absolutely brilliant (and pre-1974 Health & Safety Act) photograph in April 1964 entitled ‘Relaying at Milford’.

Readers will soon spot how many things are going on that would never be allowed today.

Mike Bussell
Yeovil, Somerset

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Mr Bussell refers to a photo where so many alarm bells ring, one of the worst being three children feet away from a rail panel weighing several tons – such was a time of apparent innocence. While the 1974 HSE Act is part of our everyday lives, the act, together with subsequent legislation and safety improvements, has made an incredible difference to railway safety, and is something we should be thankful for and proud of – Ed.

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