HC Deb 07 April 1925 vol 182 c2024

asked the Minister of Transport under what conditions railway companies permit third persons, other than officers and employés of the railway companies, to travel on the footplates of railway engines; and whether, seeing that this practice is a grave danger to the travelling public, he will take steps to prevent its continuance?

Colonel ASHLEY

The responsibility in this matter rests with the various railway companies, but I understand that it is only exceptionally that a third person other than a railway official will be allowed to travel on an engine. I may say that I have no information suggesting that the practice mentioned has led to any danger to the travelling public.


Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that the Grantham disaster of 19th September, 1906, when 14 people lost their lives, was directly attributable to a person other than a skilled railwayman riding on the engine footplate?

Colonel ASHLEY

I am not aware of that.