Over the next 30 years railway companies evolved their systems to provide a basic system that was safe for passengers.
However as the number of train journeys steadily increased, railway companies still remained reluctant to invest adequately to improve signaling systems.

During the 1870's a number of accidents throughout Britain resulted in 120 deaths,mostly due to signal failures.This was despite an Act of Parliament in the 1840's which established the Railway Inspectorate to inspect the railway companies systems.Despite their reports of accidents and inspection of systems they had no powers to enforce their recommendations on the private companies.
It was only after a serious accident in Amagh on the 12th June 1889 when 78 people died that the government gave the Inspectorate the powers they needed to force the companies to invest in safety systems that have been developed for the entire network we use today.
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