This Act - introduced only 79 days after the Armagh collision - signalled a loss of patience with the railway companies on the part of the public, after a series of serious accidents; each of which would have been prevented by the introduction of the famous 'lock, block and brake' measures.
Measures contained in the Act were;
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"1.-(1.) The Board of Trade may from time to time order a railway company to do, within a time limited by the order, and subject to any exceptions or modifications allowed by the order, any of the following things:
(a.) To adopt the block system on all or any of their railways open for the public conveyance of passengers;
(b.) To provide for the interlocking of points and signals on or in connexion with all or any of such railways;
(c.) To provide for and use on all their trains carrying passengers continuous brakes complying with the following requirements, namely:
(i.) The brake must be instantaneous in action, and capable of being applied by the engine-driver and guards;
(ii.) The brake must be self-applying in the event of any failure in the continuity of its action;
(iii.) The brake must be capable of being applied to every vehicle of the train, whether carrying passengers or not;
(iv.) The brake must be in regular use in daily working;
(v.) The materials of the brake must be of a durable character, and easily maintained and kept in order."
15th September 1870
Accident Returns: Extract for Accident at Tamworth on 14th September 1870
2nd September 1875
Accident Returns: Extract for Accident at Kildwick on 28th August 1875
30th August 1889
Regulation of Railways Act
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