Railway volunteers plan to welcome the ghost of fireman in 100-year-old tragedy

It was an horrific accident that changed the face of safety on Britain’s railways 100 years ago – but the echoes of the tragedy may still be reverberating in Derbyshire. A total of 16 people died and 38 were injured when two trains collided at Ais Gill on the Settle to Carlisle railway in September 1913.

Years later, when the line was under threat of closure, a signal box at the heart of the disaster faced the scrap heap but was rescued by rail enthusiasts in Derbyshire. It is now on the Midland Railway at Butterley, where it is reputed to be haunted by the spirit of a railwayman caught up in the Ais Gill tragedy…

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