|Francis Arthur MARINDIN
Francis Arthur MARINDIN 91
• Sir Francis Marindin's obituary appeared in The Times on Tuesday 24th April 1900.
• As an inspecting officer of railways it fell to Sir Francis Marindin, in the earlier days ofhis connexion with the Board of Trade, to examine the permanent way, bridges, stations, and signals of many new railways and branch lines, and subsequently to hold inquiries on a number of accidents. In 1891 one of these enquiries revealed an iniquitous system of overworking railway employes, a goods guard having been crushed to death beetween the buffers of two wagons while in a state of physical collapse after being on duty for over 22 hours at a stretch. Major Marindin's strongly-worded report on this incident led to the appointment of a Select Committee of the House of Commons and to a notable improvement in the conditions under which railway servants were worked. Again, after the terrible Thirsk accident of November 2, 1892, Major Marindin declared most forcibly that it was the duty of all railway companies to adopt some combination of mechanical and electrical appliance which would make such an accident impossible unless the driver deliberately ran past fixed signals. He also urged the engagement of relief signalmen, and the importance of housing the men near their work. By this repeated plain-speaking, coupled with a complete mastery of his subject and great discriminating capacity Major Marindin originated several most important railway reforms, besides keeping the lines throughout the country continually aware that the office at 8, Richmond-terrace, Whitehall, was not likely to allow irregularities to remain long unnoticed.