Coal dust explosion research train, 1930s

Coal dust explosion research train, 1930s

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Caption: Coal dust explosion research train. Tank engine ('Nippy') being used to transport coal dust at the Safety in Mines Research Board (SMRB) research site in Buxton, Derbyshire, UK. The SMRB was a forerunner of what is today the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL). Health and safety research in the UK started with investigations in the early 20th century into safety in mines. Experiments were carried out at test facilities that reproduced conditions inside mines. The experiments determined that coal dust was explosive under certain circumstances. The Buxton site opened in 1927. Photographed in the 1930s.

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